David Moyes is convinced he can make Cesc Fabregas his first big Old Trafford signing, according to The Mirror.
New Manchester United boss David Moyes offered Barcelona 30million euros (£25.9million) for the Spanish midfielder.
And even though the Spanish giants are likely to reject that, Moyes has made it clear that Fabregas is the creative, goal-scoring midfielder he needs to successfully defend the Premier League.
If they are to land Fabregas, the champions will probably have to offer in excess of £30m.
However, Moyes has been told he has money to spend this summer and will be backed if he is keen to sign a 'marquee' player.
Fabregas left Arsenal for Barca in a £25m deal two years ago, but United believe they can now bring the Spain international back to England.
While he is settled in Spain, Fabregas remains unsure whether he is central to boss Tito Vilanova’s plans.
Although United were ultimately unsuccessful in their pursuit of Alcantara, it is understood Moyes and his staff had some concerns about the 22-year-old - not least his ability to adapt to the English game.
Alcantara’s departure has strengthened Barcelona’s resolve to keep Fabregas - the club’s hierarchy are unwilling to lose two young, accomplished midfielders without having ready-made replacements to call upon.