The Daily Star claimed at the weekend that Arsenal were on 'red alert' over speculation that Barcelona could be willing to cash in on Cesc Fabregas in the summer.
Let me lay a marker down now - I don't believe it will happen, Barcelona bought him back as a long-term option in midfield, and after another bright season, 10 goals and 10 assists in La Liga, it is hard to see them deviating from that plan.
But let's say for a moment it was possible, and Arsenal were considering it. There are a number of reasons why. As we posed yesterday, the development of Wilshere could be hampered by his arrival, but there is perhaps a more poignant reason.
It didn't work before, so why would it work now?
Arsenal's objective is to turn themselves into title contenders, and they have a big money pot at their disposal. Spending 50 per cent of it on Fabregas is unlikely to be the answer.
The Spaniard is 25 now, and granted he is more mature and confident for his time at Barcelona, but would he really transform the Gunners?
Remember he was part of a team which contained Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Alex Song, all players who have departed and weakened Arsenal, who failed to win silverware.
Arsenal have strengthened with Santi Cazorla, a similar player in style to Fabregas, and yet that has not solved their problems which still hold them back.
Fabregas if he returned to Arsenal, of course would make the Gunners a better side, but would he transform them overnight into contenders, the answer is no.
For the price being asked, upwards of £30 million - Arsenal require a player who can transform their fortunes, which means a freescoring star striker in the Lewandowski mould, even though the Pole himself is unlikely.
The Gunners also need to sort out their goalkeeping issues, prevent defensive mistakes, add a defensive midfielder and a genuine left-wing threat to their game.
Cesc Fabregas would add glamour and excitement, but he would solve none of the above.
Sure it'd be nice to have him back, but if Arsenal want to blow half their transfer budget on an exciting 'feelgood' signing, they may just find it does not have the effect they desire to take them back to the very top.
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