As speculation rolls on over where former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be playing his football next season, current midfield man Aaron Ramsey has dropped a big hint that he’d like to play in Spain in the future.
Ramsey admitted in an interview with the Guardian that he’d be tempted by future moves to Real Madrid or Barcelona, which could pave the way for Fabregas to return to the Emirates Stadium.
“I have unfinished business at Arsenal first but maybe one day, when the time is right, I'd fancy that. One of those two teams is quite mouthwatering,” he told the Guardian.
There are several reasons which suggest Fabregas won’t leave Barcelona this summer, which creates the possibility of a swap deal over the next few seasons.
Fabregas is the natural replacement for Xavi in the Barcelona first team.
While he’s been routinely played out of position by current manager Tata Martino, there are still few better equipped and ready to walk into Xavi’s position when the great midfielder finally calls time on his playing career.
There is also the managerial situation to consider at Barcelona with the idea that Martino could be moved on this summer.
Barca have been way off the pace domestically and have underachieved in the Champions League by their own normally high standards.
A new manager coming in over the summer could change Fabregas’ role and status in the current side, especially if they have a Barcelona history like Luis Enrique, one of the favourites for the job.
There is also Ramsey’s consistency to question and whether he can repeat the success he’s had on a personal level this season.
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For any player to attract a move to Barcelona, the consistency they produce has to be world class. The Welshman’s stats this season have been very impressive but whether he’s going to be ready to become a Barcelona class player any time soon is questionable.
He also has a very long contract with Arsenal, which doesn’t expire until 2018 creating several years where circumstances can change and Barca could get into a position where they don’t need or want the 23-year-old star.
Fabregas will always been linked with an Arsenal return but at some point in the future, the Gunners may have to axe one of their best players from this season in order to make it happen.