Cesc Fabregas has informed friends in the English game that he is ready to leave Barcelona for Manchester United.
Barcelona have already rebuffed a bid in excess of £30 million from United for the midfielder.
As United continue their pre-season tour of Japan, David Moyes used his press-conference on Thursday to announce that the club’s efforts to bring in Fabregas were “ongoing”, with another increased bid thought to be on the way.
However, according to the Daily Mail, the situation may now have titled in United’s favour with Fabregas reportedly telling friends in England that he is ready to leave Camp Nou for a second time, having quit Arsenal to return to his hometown club just two years ago.
United will be encouraged by these new developments, with Fabregas attracted by the lure of regular first-team football, which he cannot be guaranteed at Barcelona.
Fabregas is also believed to be keen to link up once again with his former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie, with whom he won an FA Cup in 2005.
However Barcelona are still adamant Fabregas will not be leaving. They have already lost the services of midfielder Thiago, who opted to rejoin former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
But it is understood that if Fabregas asks for a transfer then the club’s stance may change.