La Liga expert on Fabregas, UK interest & famed buy-back clause

Premier League interest in Barcelona star could come from Arsenal, Manchester United and even Chelsea.

La Liga expert Guillem Balague writes that what is most notable about the speculation surrounding the future of Francesc Fabregas is that his employer Barcelona have not issued a statement confirming their intention to retain his services. 

Their silence effectively speaks volumes.

Cesc came of age at Arsenal. He arrived as a precious talent, was thrust into the senior squad and made his debut aged just 16 years and 177 days, before developing into one of the most creative passers of the football that England had seen in the modern Premier League age.

After eight years in North London, though, he was sold back to Barcelona - his home club.

That move, expected to usher in a new glorious chapter in Fabregas' life, did indeed yield trophies - far more than he would have won had he stayed a Gunner - but he has not had the significant impact that he nor football writers had anticipated.

He is, according to Balague "clearly surplus to requirements" at Camp Nou and "the facts are simple" - he has an asking price, and that is €40m.

"Anyone turning up with that figure can have him, even though his buy out clause is 200. The club is sending out the message that Fabregas is for sale. Barcelona won't fight any approaches, they welcome them."

Just six months ago, the player was quoted by Sky Sports to have said that the only teams he could envision playing for are the two he has already represented as a professional - Barca and Arsenal.

Yet United "with their bulging treasure chest" are favourites, "Manchester City would presumably like him" but could be inhibited by Financial Fair Play and Chelsea have a likelihood "of making a move for him".

Ultimately, for a Premier League side, Fabregas could be one of the greatest players available on the summer market. Just like when Sir Alex Ferguson purchased Robin van Persie, Cesc may not be a necessary buy but when a player of his calibre is on the market, it would be foolish to turn it down… wouldn't it?

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