Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas would reportedly prefer a return to Arsenal over a move to any other Premier League side.
The Spanish star is being linked with a return to England an almost daily basis with the Gunners having first option on re-signing him if any side makes a bid to Barcelona.
Manchester United’s interest is well known but reports this morning have suggested that Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea could now be interested in offering him a route to Stamford Bridge.
However, a snippet of a report in the Daily Mail suggests United and Chelsea could be battling against a pre-set desire Fabregas has already formed in relation to his Arsenal past.
“Sources close to Fabregas maintain his preferred destination should he return to the Premier League is the Emirates Stadium,” writes Sami Mokbel.
That shouldn’t come as a major surprise because there are several reasons why Fabregas would seemingly prefer a return to Arsenal over a move to any other club.
The main reason relates to the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, someone that Fabregas has always maintained a strong relationship with, even after he originally left the club for Spain.
If Wenger feels there is a place in Arsenal’s midfield for the former captain, then the player clearly won’t have any issues with playing for the Frenchman.
Importantly, Fabregas has managed to maintain a good relationship with Arsenal supporters since he went back to Spain to play for Barca.
When he left Arsenal, he explained his decision fully and made it clear that his return to Spain wasn’t to do with a desire to earn more money or any reason that could alienate Gunners everywhere.
That’s important because should he return to the Emirates, it will help him settle in again more quickly if the fans aren’t on his back because of his original decision to leave the club.
A good parallel example of where this sort of thing could be a problem is if Wenger re-signed Robin Van Persie, an ex-Gunner who hasn’t maintained such a positive relationship with the club’s supporters.
Arsenal will have first refusal on Fabregas and there’s ever reason for the club’s fans to believe that the Spaniard could move back to North London.