How Barca official's request could trigger Fabregas' transfer

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If Andoni Zubizaretta gets his way at Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas could be sold this summer.

If Luis Enrique is named as Barcelona manager in place of Tata Martino at the end of the La Liga season, Cesc Fabregas could be a very happy man.

The Barca midfielder has been linked with an exit from the Nou Camp this summer with question marks hanging over his role in the squad and Arsenal and Manchester United circling like hungry sharks.

A report on Mundo Deportivo’s website has suggested that Enrique is unlikely to make drastic changes to the current attacking system, contradicting a desire from the club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta that the club needs a cast iron centre forward.

"For the manager, the club needs a versatile player able to act out wide and in the midfield – Zubi doesn’t agree and is advising the signing of a pure striker," reads the report on Mundo’s website.

Fabregas’ natural role in Barcelona’s side is where Xavi plays and for him to get more game time at the club, a centre forward coming in over the summer won’t help.

The signing of a striker would signal a transformation in the way Barca play and a throw back to the days when they based their attacking system around having David Villa as the sole striker in the team.

The current system, which has been so successful over the last couple of years, is based around Lionel Messi as a roaming, false number nine type player at the top of the attack.

The midfield then rotates accordingly and Fabregas has the option of being able to play regularly in central midfield and slightly wider roles in the centre of the team.

If Enrique listens to his sporting director and buys a striker this summer, it pushes Messi back into the number ten role, effectively taking a midfield position out of the equation.

That would leave to central midfield roles and through right, Xavi and Andres Iniesta are the duo most likely to start in this positions, with the potential of one playing slightly wider and a holding player coming in centrally.

In short, if Zubizaretta gets his way, a Fabregas exit is more likely this summer but if Enrique is allowed to mould the team as he sees fit then the former Gunner has no reason to leave the club because he will be used frequently.

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