Moyes reveals second Manchester United bid for Fabregas

The manager revealed United have made a second bid for the Spain international after their first bid was met with an insistence that the former Arsenal playmaker was not for sale

David Moyes has revealed that Manchester United have made a second bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Last week United revealed an opening offer for the playmaker of €30 million had been made to Barca on Monday. However, Barca vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Friday that the 26-year-old is not for sale.

The latest offer is reported to consist of €35m plus add-ons, while the former Arsenal midfielder is contracted to the Blaugrana until 2016.

The United manager told the club’s official website: “My understanding is that Ed [Woodward, United’s executive vice chairman] had a response and he spoke with them. I think we made a second offer but Ed is dealing with that personally, 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. At this moment in time I can only tell you that Ed Woodward is working hard trying to make the deals happen.

“We can only hope that some of them fall into place shortly.”

Long-serving midfielder Paul Scholes retired at the end of last season, and the Red Devils’ options in the middle of the park going into the new season were further depleted following the news that Darren Fletcher will miss the start of the season as he recovers from surgery.

The Red Devils had previously targeted Spain’s under-21 European Championship winning  Thiago Alcantara, but the 22-year-old opted to join former Blaugrana manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, while the former Everton manager has also been linked with a move for the Toffees’ Marouane Fellaini.

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Messi's man Martino set to fly in for Barcelona talks

The Argentine coach has cancelled his holidays and will travel to the Catalan capital for negotiations with the Spanish champions, who will replace Tito Vilanova this week

By Ben Hayward in Barcelona

Gerardo Martino is set to fly in for talks with Barcelona on Monday as the Catalans step up their search for a replacement for outgoing coach Tito Vilanova, who stepped down to continue treatment for cancer on Friday.

Martino has cancelled his holidays and will travel to Barcelona to continue negotiations with the Spanish champions, although the club also remain interested in recruiting their former player and B-team coach Luis Enrique from Celta Vigo.

Luis Enrique’s arrival is complicated by the fact that he only joined Celta earlier this summer and is curently designing a new project for the Galician side ahead of the 2013-14 season. Barca would have to pay a €3 million release clause to sign their former midfielder, who played 300 games in Blaugrana colours and coached the club’s B team between 2008 and 2011.

Former Paraguay and Newell’s Old Boys coach Martino is the preferred choice of Lionel Messi and recently revealed his admiration for Barcelona’s passing game. The Argentine will fly in for talks with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on Monday and could be unveiled by Barca as early as Tuesday if negotiations are successful.

Meanwhile, Celta claim they have had no contact from Barca regarding Luis Enrique, who resumes training with the Galician side on Monday after using his day off on Sunday to participate in a cycle ride with former Barca goalkeeping coach Juan Carlos Unzue. “I’m exercising my legs and my head,” the 43-year-old later wrote on Twitter.

Whatever happens, Jordi Roura will take charge of Barca’s friendly against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side on Wednesday.

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Rodgers concedes Liverpool would consider Suarez sale if valuation is met

The wantaway striker is set to make his first-team return against Melbourne Victory, but his manager says the Arsenal target could leave if the Reds receive a suitable offer

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has conceded that Luis Suarez could leave the club if a suitable offer is received.

The striker touched down in Melbourne on Sunday ahead of his first involvement in the Reds’ pre-season tour after being afforded additional time off following June’s Confederations Cup.

Suarez made his desire to leave Liverpool public last month – with Arsenal set to test Liverpool’s resolve with a £40 million offer after seeing an initial £35m bid rejected – and Rodgers has admitted he cannot rule out an Anfield exit for the Uruguayan.

“The reality is that he’s a player who is very much valued at Liverpool and unless there’s any sort of offer that comes in that is anywhere near his value, there’s nothing to consider, and we haven’t had that,” Rodgers told the club’s official website.

“As we’ve always been as a club, I’m quite relaxed about it.

“We’ll chat to him at some stage, like we do with all the players, but he’s back, he’s in great spirits and he’s obviously an integral part of the group.

“You could see his closeness with his team-mates last night when they were all seeing him for the first time in a number of weeks.

“He’ll join training today [Sunday] with all the other players and over the course of these next few weeks we’ll communicate.”

Rodgers said both Suarez and captain Steven Gerrard were expected to feature against A-League side Victory in front of a sell-out crowd at the MCG on Wednesday.

“The players aren’t quite up to 90 minutes yet,” Rodgers said. “For the game in Indonesia we played a team for around 60 minutes and then we looked to make changes.

“The players are only three weeks into their preparations but they’ll all be involved; they’ll all have some part to play.”

More than 95,000 fans are expected to fill the MCG in what is set to be the biggest crowd the English giants have ever played in front of.

“We’re very honoured to be playing at such an iconic sporting venue,” he added.

“It’s a great honour to play there and to be sold out is remarkable really but it doesn’t surprise me because the support for this football club really is worldwide.”