Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ future is up in the air. Although the club themselves have yet to make a statement, there are strong reports coming out of the Catalan capital that the 27-year-old could be sold in order to fund a move for Atletico Madrid star Koke.
Most of the British press have ruled out Arsenal trying to re-sign Fabregas, as manager Arsene Wenger does not see him being compatible with Mesut Ozil. Chelsea are said to be keen to take advantage of the situation and provide the midfielder with an escape route back to the Premier League.
It has now emerged that Manchester City are interested in Fabregas as well. According to Goal.com, the English champions are set to make an offer of £30 million to Barcelona, with the report also adding that Arsenal have not given up on recruiting their former captain and are ‘closely monitoring his situation’.
There have been conflicting reports about Arsenal’s interest in Fabregas in the last few days, but City putting a package for the midfielder is going to send a stern warning to Yaya Toure. As much as the 31-year-old and his agent would like to believe that the midfielder is indispensable to manager Manuel Pellegrini, he is not – and the Citizens’ reported interest in Fabregas proves that.
Yes, Toure was one of the top two players in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season. Yes, he scored 20 league goals – more than any of his teammates. Yes, he is a world-class midfielder. But Toure is not someone whose departure will see City slip down the table and subside into oblivion.
The recent ‘unhappiness’ of Toure about City officials apparently forgetting his birthday has been well documented. The 31-year-old claims that he was not shown the respect he deserves. Perhaps he is right, but then again, coming out publicly and attacking the people who pay his salary was not a good idea. There are enough world-class players in Europe to replace Toure, Fabregas being one of them.
Of course, Toure is one of a kind, a complete all-round midfielder, but Pellegrini is an intelligent and tactically shrewd manager who will make changes in his formation and accommodate Fabregas (or any other top-class players). Toure has been a really big player for the Citizens for the last four years, but he would be wrong to believe that he is irreplaceable.
Unless you are Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, you are not irreplaceable. And City’s (reported) interest in Fabregas proves just that.