Manchester United are convinced of landing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The Daily Mail says United chiefs have been given private encouragement from the player's camp.

New United manager David Moyes would ideally like to bring the Barcelona midfielder to the club before his squad departs on a tour of Asia and Australia in the middle of next month.

It is understood Cesc has expressed an interest in joining the Barclays Premier League champions and that United feel they can do a deal.

Fabregas's former club Arsenal have first refusal on the 26-year-old if he leaves the Nou Camp this summer but United are understandably confident that Old Trafford may prove more attractive to a player who spent eight years with the London club before moving back to Spain two summers ago.