Barcelona are expected to reject the offer for the 26-year-old, who joined the Spanish giants for £25million in 2011
Manchester United have lodged a £26million bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
After missing out on his Barca team-mate Thiago Alcantara , United have moved for former Arsenal star Fabregas, with a formal offer.
United sources have confirmed the lodging of the bid, with Barcelona expected to reject the offer for the 26-year-old.
Fabregas joined Barcelona for £25million from Arsenal in 2011 but struggled to establish himself as a regular there in his first season.
Although Arsenal have first refusal on Fabregas should Barca decide to sell him, it is understood the Gunners will not move for their former star.
Barcelona are reluctant to lose Fabregas after agreeing to sell midfield playmaker Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich for £21.5m .
It is understood it would take a bid of £35m for Barca to consider selling Fabregas, with United currently unwilling to go that high.