Both Inter and AC Milan are now reportedly after Spanish international Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas has been quite openly linked with a move back to The Emirates this summer just two years after leaving for his beloved first club Barcelona. The Spanish international originally moved to North London as a 16-year-old in 2003 and quickly made his first team debut for the club in October of that year; in a League Cup tie against Rotherham United.
After that it was a monumental and fast rise to stardom for the midfield maestro who became the club captain toward the end of his North London tenure. However the entire time he remained an Arsenal player the spectre of his old home loomed; and he was always honest about his desire to one day return ‘home’.
But it has not worked for him back in Barca where he has been used out of position as he struggles to overcome the competition of Xavi and Andres Iniesta; of course there is no shame in that.
Some personal struggles out in Catalonia have also come to the fore recently that may be fuelling the rumours of his imminent return and he himself has not exactly been definitive when questioned on the subject:
"I do not know what you say and even what is written. I can only say that only I know my future."
So there is certainly hope Arsenal could bring him back; if they wanted to that is.
But an Italian spanner has just been thrown into the works. Make that a Milanese spanner as it is reported by Italian sports publication Corriere dello Sport this weekend that Cesc is now an official target for both Inter Milan and AC Milan.
They feel they can lure him to Italy on the promise of first-team football at a reasonable price as both teams look to rejuvenate in Serie A; where rivals Juventus once again wrapped up the title Sunday afternoon.
The paper believes that Inter will have the advantage over their San Siro rivals as Barca want Slovenian stopper Samir Handanovic; whom the Nerazzuri would be happy to incorporate into any potential deal.
While still all rumour the race for Cesc Fabregas is certainly starting to heat up and if you are of the opinion of having your captain back in North London; this news from Italy will not be greeted with open arms.
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