Manchester United will have to overcome the pull of London to win the battle for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The Daily Star Sunday says United are also watching developments with Fabregas, 26, as new boss David Moyes is a great admirer of the former Gunners playmaker.

The Spain star's private life is said to be a big factor in London being at the top of his list if things do not work out with the La Liga champs.

Fabregas' girlfriend, Daniella Semaan, has two children by her ex-husband - who is based in the capital - and a return to London would give the player more time to spend with Semaan and her kids.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger fought hard to keep Fabregas but could not stop him leaving for Barca in the summer of 2011.