Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo has claimed that a Premier League club has reached an agreement to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish midfielder’s future has been the subject of intense rumour, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all linked with moves for him in the Premier League.
The player is thought to be open to a potential return to England in order to play regularly in his preferred central midfield position.
“Cesc Fabregas has decided to return to the Premier League – His agent, Darren Dein, has toured and raised interviews with clubs to sign Fabregas and has even closed a deal with one of them MD has been told. The name, for now, is a mystery,” reports MD.
With Arsenal ruling themselves out according to the British press and Liverpool hampered in terms of being able to compete financially, it reduces the pool down to three teams.
Chelsea are thought to be interested but Marca has suggested they are only prepared to offer Fabregas a wage deal of around £5 million per year, which is lower than reported offers from both Manchester clubs.
Manchester City’s desire to sign him is interesting but seems to be born out of the recent rumours over the future of Yaya Toure.
City’s forgetfulness in relation to the midfielder’s birthday has been well documented and has sparked the suggestion that one of City’s best players in recent memory could end up back at the Nou Camp.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reportedly urged the Old Trafford club to forget about signing Fabregas but they appear to be in the best position to land him.
United’s financial power is produced by their global commercial and sponsorship network, which allows them to cope and be competitive financially without the extra safety net of the Champions League.
You haven’t heard the last of this saga.