United chiefs were last night waiting for an official response from the Spanish club after they submitted their third offer for Fabregas.

Barca have already rejected bids of about £25m and £30m for Fabregas 26 who is Moyes’ No1 summer target.

But with United ready to break the record transfer fee of £30.8m they paid Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 there appears a greater willingness to negotiate.

And United players are excited about the prospect of the creative midfielder returning to the Premier League.

He already knows Robin van Persie from his days at Arsenal with the Dutch striker eager to resume their understanding on the pitch.