Manchester United have made a €30m (£26m) bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fábregas and are waiting to hear the Catalan club's response, as David Moyes intensifies his focus on strengthening his midfield.

The deal now hinges on whether Barcelona – who bought him from Arsenal for €29m in 2011 – are willing to sell. Any indication that they would consider doing so may force Fábregas's hand as it would be clear that he is not considered central to the plans of Tito Vilanova, the Barcelona coach.

Moyes has turned his attention to Fábregas after missing out on Barcelona's Thiago Alcântara. The Spain Under-21 international decided instead to join his former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich for £21.6m.

Last month, Fàbregas, the former Arsenal captain, said he wanted to stay at Barcelona. "I've always said that I'm happy at Barça. Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me," he said. "Nor with my agent, because he knows that I don't want him to talk with other people about me.

"I'm very private and I don't even talk about these things with my family. If someone says anything that isn't that I want to play at Barça, it's completely absurd."

If Barcelona decided to accept United's bid or any other offer the midfielder may yet change his mind.