David Moyes is convinced he can make Cesc Fabregas his first big Old Trafford signing, writes David McDonnell from Sydney.

New Manchester United manager Moyes tabled an official £26million bid for the Barcelona star on Monday.

And even though the Spanish giants are likely to reject that initial offer, Moyes has made it clear the former Arsenal player is the creative, goal-scoring midfielder he needs to successfully defend the Premier League title.

If they are to land Fabregas, the champions will probably have to offer in excess of £30m - and even then, Barca are said to be reluctant to sell, having just lost playmaker Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich

However, Moyes has been told he has money to spend this summer and he could be prepared to find out just how badly Barca want to keep the 26-year-old.

Spain international Fabregas left Arsenal for Barca in a £25m deal two years ago, but United believe they can now bring the Spain international back to England.

While he is settled at the Nou Camp, having overcome a tough first season to play more regularly last term, Fabregas remains unsure whether he is central to boss Tito Vilanova’s plans.

Although United were ultimately unsuccessful in their pursuit of Alcantara, it is understood Moyes and his staff had some concerns about the 22-year-old - not least his ability to adapt to the English game.

Alcantara’s departure has strengthened Barcelona’s resolve to keep Fabregas - the club’s hierarchy are unwilling to lose two young, accomplished midfielders without having ready-made replacements to call upon.