Arsenal mull Fabregas bid

ARSENAL must decide whether to match Manchester United’s £25.9m bid for former midfielder Cesc Fabregas, after the Premier League champions stepped up their pursuit of the Spain star yesterday.

The Gunners have first refusal on the 26-year-old they sold for £25.4m to Barcelona in 2011 and could therefore beat United boss David Moyes to his signature.

However, the player’s preference is so far unclear, though he said earlier this summer: “I always said that I’m happy at Barca. Whoever says that I’m leaving doesn’t know me and has never spoken with me.”