After Ivan Gazidis’ recent comments the Gunners have no excuses for not bringing back one of their best recent midfielders should he be officially available from Barcelona.
All of the speculation so far has been a little confusing with plenty of sources tipping him with a move away from the Spanish club while the player himself has hinted that he’s more than likely staying put.
However, Arsenal now have some well publicised financial muscle behind them, which they must use to their advantage in the race to sign Fabregas if there is even the smallest chance that he could be on the move this summer.
Arsenal were very shrewd to ensure there was a clause in the deal, which originally took him to Barcelona, which offered them the first chance to buy him back if he ever moved on in the future.
There is no doubt that Fabregas is a player who could enhance and improve an already gifted set of midfielders at Arsenal, effectively becoming the glue which holds them all together.
There is also little doubt that if he was offered to them that Arsene Wenger would turn around and say no, on the grounds he didn’t think he was good enough or because of his previous policy of not re-signing former players.
There is no question he’s good enough to play alongside Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is a more experienced member of the team and Wenger has already gone back on his former player policy, when he signed Thierry Henry on loan.
The major problem is that nothing has come out of Barcelona officially from the player or from the club, which suggests he’s going to be playing any of his football anywhere else after this summer.
It’s pure speculation based on the fact he’s not been able to break the partnership which has been formed over the last couple of years between Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
He remains the long term solution to either of those players retiring at Barcelona but Arsenal are in a unique position where they are self sustainable in a financial sense and they could offer him a very attractive option to go back to London.
This doesn’t seem like a transfer that Arsenal have to go after. They just have to wait for things to happen because of that clause which gives them the first refusal on the Spanish international.
He’s said in the past that he’s only interested in going back to Arsenal in terms of English clubs and that doesn’t seem to have changed.
Manchester United could throw £40 million onto the table but the fact remains that if Arsenal are willing to do the same, there is only one place he is going to end up.
Can Arsenal bring back Fabregas? What do you think?
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