AP Source: United bids for Barca’s Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United submitted a bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc

Fabregas on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation

said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not

authorized to publicly discuss the bid, which was submitted by

United executives from Sydney where the team is currently on its

pre-season tour.

Despite Barcelona offering no public indication that Fabregas is

for sale, United has offered 30 million euros ($39 million) to

bring the former Arsenal captain back to the Premier League, as

David Moyes looks to make his first major signing as manager of the

English champions.

The transfer bid comes two years after Fabregas left Arsenal

after pushing to rejoin boyhood club Barcelona for 29 million

euros.

There are three years remaining on his Camp Nou deal, and

Arsenal is reported to have first refusal if Barcelona chooses to

sell Fabregas.

At Old Trafford, the Spain midfielder would be re-united with

striker Robin van Persie, who joined from Arsenal a year ago.

The 26-year-old Fabregas would help to fill the void left by the

retirement of Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher, who is continuing

to recover from a bowel condition.

Last month, Fabregas expressed a desire to stay at Barcelona

despite struggling to establish himself as a regular in the

starting line-up for the Spanish champions.

”If Barcelona said that they didn’t want me, that would be

another thing – but what I truly want is to triumph at Barcelona,”

he told Spanish radio. ”That’s been my dream since I was a

kid.”