How Barcelona's transfer ruling could trigger United's £40m swoop for ex-Arsenal duo

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The suspended transfer ban for Barcelona could pave the way for Manchester United to launch a £40m move for Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas.

Earlier this month, Barcelona were initially hit with a two-year ban on buying and selling players after they were found guilty of breaching rules with regards to signing Under-18 players from abroad. However, today FIFA appeal committee chairman Larry Mussenden announced that the Catalan giants had been granted 'suspensive action', as their appeal wouldn't have been heard before the beginning of the transfer window on July 1st this summer.

That means that Barcelona can now conduct their transfer business this summer as planned, and Gerardo Martino's side are in dire need of an overhaul after a disappointing season, whilst the squad will also be hit by the exits of goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Carles Puyol.

As a result, a number of players are likely to be sold in order to raise funds for a summer of spending, and two of those players are likely to be midfielders Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas.

The ex-Arsenal duo look poised for the exit, but seemingly for different reasons. Cameroon international Song is out of favour having failed to supplant Sergio Busquets as the holding midfielder in Barcelona's usual 4-3-3 system, whilst Fabregas has been consistently disappointing this campaign.

There will almost certainly be a number of suitors for both players, but one team who could realistically sign both is Manchester United, who desperately need to make additions to the centre of their midfield. With Fabregas reportedly priced at £25m and Song between £10m-£15m, United could feasibly land both for around £40m - leaving a huge chunk of their reported £200m summer transfer budget still intact. 

It seems United will press ahead with transfer business even with the confirmed departure of manager David Moyes, but most managers around the world would be happy to have two international stars like Song and Fabregas at their disposal.

United's midfield has been lacklustre for some time, and pairing Song and Fabregas could be the dynamic duo that they need, with Song providing the brawn and Fabregas with the brains, improving the spine of the team instantly. After all, could they really be any worse than Marouane Fellaini?

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