Manchester United’s offer for the midfielder earlier in the week created the possibility of the Spaniard coming back to the Premier League but Arsene Wenger has suggested Arsenal will be in the driving seat to get him next year.
Wenger has claimed Fabregas will not be going anywhere this summer because he wants to stay at Barcelona for another season, making it more likely that United will focus on someone else.
“At the moment, Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona. We have the clause in the contract so we would be on alert but, at the moment, that’s not something we're after,” said the Frenchman.
Arsenal of course have that clause which they can take advantage of, which gives them first refusal on Fabregas if he even finds himself in a position where he is leaving the Spanish club.
The close relationship the pair obviously share is very significant and the fact they are still talking means that if Arsenal want to make a serious offer for him next summer, it shouldn’t take too much convincing for Fabregas if Arsenal are playing well and are successful.
It’s also a return which would depend on whether Arsenal have physical success over the coming season and also whether they show an ability to spend big money and attract higher profile players than in recent seasons.
The reason Fabregas more than likely wants to give it another go at Barcelona is his desire to break the dynamic duo partnership enjoyed by Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
He has been used well by Barcelona and he has played very well for the club, but that pairing is still seen as the main midfield partnership for the club as they head into a season looking to defend their La Liga title and win the Champions League again after a disappointing campaign last time round.
“I am aware that we have received offers from other teams. I talked with him and he told me he wants to stay,” said Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova.
Arsenal’s chances of getting him will also be enhanced next summer because Manchester United could well have moved on by that point.
There is a pressing need for another central midfield player in the current United side and it’s not a situation that David Moyes can just allow to coast along for a year in the hope that Arsenal will be any less interested in signing Fabregas next summer than they are now.
If the opportunity comes up and the circumstances are right, Arsenal have a great chance of re-signing Fabregas but it’s a move which depends on so many things which are yet to happen and hence it’s impossible to definitively judge at this stage.
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