Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is keen to move to Manchester United. The Daily Mail says Fabregas has told friends in English football that he wants to quit Barcelona for Manchester United.

The Spanish midfielder is the subject of a fierce battle between United and Barcelona, with the Barclays Premier League champions having had a bid in excess of £30million turned down.

United manager David Moyes on Thursday told a press conference in Japan that the club's pursuit of the former Arsenal star was 'ongoing' and it is understood that another bid is imminent.

But the fact that Fabregas has told friends in England that he wants out of the Nou Camp could finally give United the impetus they need.