The Daily Star has suggested Arsenal are interested in signing Xavi from Barcelona in a move which would see them shoot themselves in the foot over hopes of re-signing Cesc Fabregas.
We’ve decided to go ahead and transfer bin the idea because of that very reason.
The inconsistency over how Fabregas has been used by Tata Martino this season has created speculation for the second summer running that he could be available for a transfer after the World Cup.
The main reason for that inconsistency in terms of team selection and position is Barcelona legend Xavi.
Remove Xavi from the picture and Fabregas has no reason to leave the Nou Camp, as he’ll finally be granted a chance to step into Xavi’s midfield position and pull the strings.
It’s extremely doubtful that Xavi would leave Barcelona at this stage in his career.
The 34-year-old has a contract until 2016, which allows him to nicely run down that deal before considering retirement against a reduced role, playing on at the club where he’s created his reputation as one of the best ever midfielders to have played the game.
It would be remarkable if he did a Victor Valdes and decided that his future lays away from the Nou Camp when he has such an obvious and natural path to be able to finish his career in Spain.
Fabregas for Arsenal represents more longevity and more importantly, he knows the club and English football.
Fabregas is only 27-years-old which means the Gunners would be far more likely to get seven or eight years of service out of him, rather than opting for a short term solution in the form of Xavi.
The Star’s report also suggests that Xavi wants a huge wage deal if he leaves Barca, reportedly £150,000 per week.
That sort of deal would go firmly against the sort of contract that Arsene Wenger prefers to offer to older players with Bacary Sagna the perfect case in point.
If Wenger commissioned that sort of deal, it could create a knock on effect with every Arsenal player demanding improved terms when negotiations over new deals routinely pop up.
Rubbish Rating: While it would represent world class business for Arsenal, you’ll be hard pushed to find a Gunner that would accept Xavi, knowing it means the club might not re-sign Fabregas.