Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told Manchester United he wants to move to Old Trafford. The Sunday Express says he has agreed to join Manchester United following a secret meeting between the Barcelona star's agent Darren Dein and Old Trafford chief executive Ed Woodward.

Dein also helped swing United's £24million capture of Robin van Persie last summer.

Woodward's return from United's Far East tour a fortnight ago was to push the Cesc deal along - and included a meeting with the respected Dein.

United feel Fabregas will have to make a transfer demand to force Barca's hand, with Gerardo Martino reluctant to have his first act as new coach to oversee the former Arsenal captain's sale.