Cesc Fabregas is reportedly open to the idea of leaving Barcelona this summer, which could spark a frenzy from top European sides trying to sign him.
Goal.com has suggested that the Spaniard is at a crossroads in his career at the Nou Camp, unsure over his long term position in the side as he continues to be played out of position by Tata Martino.
Arsenal and Manchester United are two English sides who have been linked with moves for him and Goal has suggested that the player is open to the idea of leaving.
“The Barca academy graduate is at a crossroads in his career as he enters the final two years of his contract with the Catalan club in July - The player himself is also said to be ready to consider the possibility of being lured from the club to which he returned in 2011 after controversially leaving for Arsenal as a 16-year-old,” writes Goal’s chief correspondent.
It’s important to bear in mind that if any side makes an offer for Fabregas this summer, the power is still very much in Arsenal’s hands.
Should United or another European team submit an offer, Barca are obliged to let Arsenal know about that offer, giving them the chance to match or better it, increasing their chances of bringing Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium.
The chances of both English sides of getting him are difficult to judge because while he’s a world class player, he wouldn’t give either side something they don’t already have.
Arsenal are well stocked in terms of central midfielders with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil both capable of playing advanced roles in Arsenal’s midfield.
Manchester United have Juan Mata to fill in at number ten and the new manager they appoint this summer, may also choose to move Shinji Kagawa into a central position.
What may just keep Fabregas at Barcelona is if Martino gets the sack and a new boss is more willing to use him in Xavi’s role, but the Barca legend is showing no sign of calling time on his playing career.
A move back to Arsenal or to another top European side shouldn’t signal defeat for Fabregas, who reportedly went back to the Nou Camp to try and replace Xavi in the first team.
It makes sense for him because he’s still a popular man in North London, but whether Arsene Wenger will take that first refusal option considering his current squad is difficult to judge.