Manchester United are long term admirers of the ex-Arsenal captain and were heavily linked with Cesc Fabregas last summer but failed to pull off a deal.
Van Gaal is now preparing a €53m bid for the Spanish international, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. Sport also add that the decision to sell Fabregas depends on the new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
According to very reliable Guillem Balague , Barcelona are looking to sell the ex-Arsenal skipper along with the likes of Pedro and Alexis Sanchez who are surplus to requirements, but he insists that Fabregas has a buy-out clause in his contract for €40 million.
Van Gaal has been given a transfer kitty reported to be £150 to £200 million to invest this summer to help United win back the league title at the first attempt. It remains to be seen whether the new boss will actually spend a major chunk of the transfer kitty on Fabregas.
Written by Steve Milne