The 27-year-old Spain international has struggled to cement his place in the starting line up at the Camp Nou since his move in 2011 from Arsenal. Cesc Fabregas spent eight years at the Emirates from the age of 16, and left as a captain and hero to rejoin his boyhood club.
The Spaniard was the subject of well-documented interest and public pursuit by Manchester United last summer but former Red Devils boss David Moyes was left looking foolish when his plans fell through to bring Fabregas back to the Premier League.
Fabregas has made 34 appearances for the Catalans in La Liga this term but has played a full 90 minutes on just 13 occasions under manager Gerardo Martino, mostly due to the path blocked in front of him by his compatriots Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
He had been deployed for both club and country as a ‘false No.9’ in what would appear to be efforts from coaches to integrate him and his undoubted talent into a Barcelona and Spain team with such an abundance of quality options in his preferred position in central and attacking midfield. But since the arrival of Brazil star Neymar at the Camp Nou, his opportunities to play as a forward have diminished.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are on course to win their second Premier League title in three years this term, pending the result of their last game of the season against West Ham this Sunday.
Chilean coach Manuel Pellergini spent almost a decade managing clubs in La Liga and will be familiar with the talent of Cesc Fabregas especially from his time with Malaga between 2010 and 2013. Manchester City had previously been linked with Spain starlet Isco prior to his move to Real Madrid from Malaga last summer.
The 22-year-old had been hailed as the new Cesc Fabregas since he burst onto the scene in La Liga at the tender age of 18. City’s midfield is already star-studded with some of the most gifted footballers on the planet in the form of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, and Javi Garcia as well as attacking midfielder and Fabregas’ former teammate at Arsenal Samir Nasri, but injury to Silva always throws up a number of problems at the Etihad and the Citizens could use a player of equal capability to relieve the creative burden on the Spain international.
Reports originating in Mundo Deportivo suggested this week that Barcelona will ‘offer’ Fabregas to Manchester City – the player himself stated he would only remain at the Camp Nou if he was wanted there but plans to bring him to the Etihad could be jeopardised if his former club Arsenal opted to make use of their buyback clause which is understood to give the Gunners the first right of refusal should their former skipper be sold.