Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has agreed to join Manchester United following a secret meeting between his agent Darren Dein and Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward.

The British newspaper Sunday Express Sport is reporting that Woodward came home from the clubs Far East tour to try and arrange a deal that would bring the former Arsenal star to Old Trafford.

Dein was responsible in facilitating Robin van Persie’s move to United last summer, and has told Woodward that the Spanish international would like to return to the Premier League, and would prefer to join Manchester United rather than Arsenal, who have a first option of taking him back.

So far United have had three bids turned down by Barcelona, and are still prepared to offer more for the 26-year-old who United manager David Moyes believes is vital to United if they hope to defend their league title.

It is now up to Fabregas to tell Barcelona that he would like to leave which is something new manager Geraldo Martino will not like as he certainly does not want as one of his first decisions in charge to see a hugely popular player leave.

Should United fail to sign the man they want Moyes knows that he must strengthen his midfield and may be forced to go for either Everton’s Marouane Fellaini or Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye.