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Rooney sale will free cash for Fabregas move

Manchester United’s £26million bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas may be enough to tempt the Catalan club into selling the former Arsenal man as they look to recoup some of the £50million they spent on Neymar this summer.

United are yet to receive a response concerning their offer but a source close to Barca has told reporters that the club need to bring in some money this summer and Fabregas may be the most agreeable option to the board and manager Tito Vilanova to do so.

Fabregas has been somewhat frustrated by the lack of opportunity he has received since joining up with the club he left as a teenage for Arsenal but will not ask for a transfer unless Vilanova expresses to him that his future at the club will be only as a fringe player.

Moyes is serious about his pursuit of Fabregas and is willing to offer the player wages that would put him among the club’s highest earners and will sanction a bid of up to £35million for the player he views as one of Europe’s best and may have the funds and salary space available to him should Wayne Rooney leave for Chelsea.

Rooney is reported to have told Moyes that he is ‘angry and confused’ over comments that he is second choice striker behind Robin van Persie and looks all but set to quit the club this summer with Chelsea his most likely destination.

Moyes said, “overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him”, which has agitated Rooney into seeking a move away from the Premier League champions as he doesn’t want to see out the year of the World Cup by featuring as a bit part player.

Rooney feels that he has proved himself at United and refuses to be put on a trial period while Moyes works out his attacking line up so would rather continue his career at Chelsea.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the striker but only the Gunners have made an offer so far though they are still thought to be behind Chelsea in the running.

Jose Mourinho has already sent messages towards Rooney that he would like to work with him and a move away from United may be best for his international  career.

“He’s a player that I like very much. Being fast and direct I like him very much but he’s a Manchester United player.”

“If Wayne is second-choice at Man United, then the national team will be affected.”

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