The reports are suggesting a fee of between £30-35 million which would make the Spaniard one of the club’s most expensive signings in history which would force Arsene Wenger to go back on two things he doesn’t normally do.
The first is spend a lot of money as he seems to prefer signing underdeveloped players or value players, with a point to prove who can come into the side and drive them forward with basic qualities such as good work ethic and determination.
The second thing which makes this deal unlikely is Wenger’s reluctance to re-sign players who he sold in the first place. Whether that’s to make a point or whether he doesn’t like looking back too often is open for debate.
There is no doubt that if Wenger did bring back Fabregas, he would go straight into the current side and that is something which could cause more problems than it provides answers.
Arsenal have a very talent group of midfield man who all like to play in central positions; Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta to name just a few.
Fabregas’ presence in the side automatically means that one or two of those players are going to be regularly confined to the subs bench which is not something that is going to help them or the team.
There could be good cause to play Fabregas and Cazorla together with someone else playing a defensive role behind them that certainly wouldn’t be Wilshere meaning he’d be on the bench.
Wilshere has been one of the most progressive players for Arsenal and England this season, so leaving him out for Fabregas would be hugely counter productive, especially to his personal development.
Fabregas has not quite had the impact at Barcelona he would have been hoping for, which is due to the quality of the midfielders at their disposal.
He went to a side using some of the greatest central midfielders the game has ever seen, which means a move back to the Emirates could easily be on the cards at some point in the future.
However, it seems like a move that is going to cause headaches, a lot of upheaval and a lot of cash.
Fabregas has already made his love and commitment to Arsenal perfectly clear and they are probably the only English club that he would consider going back to but the logistics of actually making it happen seem a little complicated.
Can you see him going back? How would he fit in?
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