Manchester United have made an offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to the BBC.

The bid is reportedly in the region of £25 million.

Today, we reported that the former Arsenal midfielder had been lined up by new manager David Moyes as an alternative to Thiago Alcantara, who is on the verge of signing for Bayern Munich.

Moyes has moved swiftly after that disappointment and wants to make Fabregas the first big signing of his United regime following his appointment at the helm of the famous club as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The ex-Gunners midfielder quit the Premier League in 2011 and signed for boyhood club Barcelona, where he began his playing career as a youth.

But he has failed to nail down a permanent place in Tito Vilanova’s starting XI and has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp for much of the summer.

The 26-year-old has even made it clear in the past that he would leave the Catalans if they no longer wanted him.

Former club Arsenal have first refusal should Barcelona ever be willing to sell, so it will be interesting to see how manager Arsene Wenger reacts to this news, and if he will be prepared to enter the bidding war.

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This article was first posted on July 15, 2013