Last summer we had Robin van Persie - this year it seems it is Cesc Fabregas who is to be the Manchester United transfer saga.
Although, it seems on this occasion, the final result may be vastly different.
While last year they got their man, with RvP going on to become one of the Premier League’s star performers, it seems their luck has changed for 2013.
Barcelona remain adamant that Fabregas is not for sale - while the idea of a ‘secret meeting’ seems like something out of Homeland rather than Premier League reality.
And David Moyes did not exactly seem like a boss confident of getting his man when speaking yesterday:
“I couldn’t tell you if there will be another bid. I never at any time said I knew we would get him. We will take stock and consider what we are going to do next.”
But I ask this … if Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the helm would there even be the suggestion of Fabregas arriving?
Because, if memory serves me right, didn’t Cesc Fabregas once throw a pizza at the legendary United manager?
OK obviously I was not there and I cannot for one minute suggest I know 100% that Fabregas was the culprit - but in 2011, his then team-mate, Martin Keown confirmed the long held rumours it was the Spaniard - who accidentally or not, splatted Fergie during the 2004 Battle of the Buffet at Old Trafford.
Now Fabregas has always denied this, including in a 2009 interview with the Daily Mail - but he also claimed he would not leave Arsenal for Barcelona in the same interview, so who do you believe?
And while Fergie may not be in the dugout anymore he is still at the club. I don’t just mean in his position upstairs … I mean he is everywhere. His face on every wall, the majority of the trophies in the cabinet he won, his statue outside the Theatre of Dreams … even one of the stands is named after him.
Are you really telling me United will bring in a player who, it is widely believed, threw a buffet pizza at a legend verging on god-like status with the Old Trafford faithful?
No matter how good you are, that, would be a surprising move.
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