The future of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has dominated the headlines in Spain and England so far this summer.
The 27-year.old former La Masia youth product is reportedly available for transfer this summer. Supporters haven’t been impressed with Fabregas this season, with his name often jeered and whistled by the demanding crowd as they wish to see Barcelona return to the top of Europe.
As a result, speculation has mounted regarding his future with Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United said to be interested in him.
After supposedly backing out in the Toni Kroos chase, the Red Devils were then heavily linked with making a big-money bid for Fabregas, with his Spain international teammate David de Gea reportedly trying to convince him.
'He is a top player, there are many clubs who want him. I have spoken to him to go to Manchester, but it will be complicated', He said, quoted by The Mirror.
Fabregas is more suited to a forward role and since United are overloaded in this area, such a deal appears unlikely. Moreover, new manager Louis van Gaal appears to have identified his Dutch compatriot Kevin Strootman as his top transfer target.
On the other hand, Arsenal are in need of further quality in forward positions, and the thought of Fabregas returning to the Emirates Stadium and lining up alongside Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey is a mouth-watering prospect.
Fabregas has also kept the Gunners close at heart after making 303 appearances for the club in an eight-year spell, and should a return to the Premier League become a viable option, then the North Londoners would presumably be his first choice.
Arsenal have been linked with a €43 million (£35m) move for the player by Spanish publication Diario Sport, and according to the supporters, it would represent a good deal.
Participating in an online poll, 77% of the 9,336 fans voted in favour of selling the Barcelona midfielder to Arsenal for €43m, an overwhelming majority which will do little to remove the lingering doubts over his future.
Fabregas scored eight and assisted a further 13 goals in 28 La Liga matches during the season, a statistic which may persuade Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to put aside a huge chunk of his transfer budget and bring back one of Arsenal’s most favoured players in recent times.