MANCHESTER — Manchester United Football Club manager David Moyes has confirmed that the English champions have made a second bid — this time £30 million — for Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The Red Devils reportedly offered Barça £25 million last Monday, but that figure has increased to £30 million — plus add-ons.
This despite club vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu telling Sport on Friday: “Barcelona can assure you we will not entertain any offers for Cesc. It is totally ruled out, he’s not for sale.”
Fabregas is contracted to Barcelona until 2016.
Moyes confirmed that the deal was underway, but said the negotiations were in the hands of club executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
“As I understand it, Ed had a response (to the first bid),” said Moyes at a Press conference in Yokohama, Japan, where United are on a pre-season tour.
“We have made a second offer, but Ed is dealing with it rather than me. When you’re interested in good players, you want to give it every opportunity to materialise and I’ll do that. I hope things can continue and move forward.
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“At this moment in time I can only tell you that Ed is working hard trying to make the deals happen. We can only hope that some of them fall into place shortly.”