Although no move has been confirmed for the 27-year-old just yet, Cesc Fabregas has been strongly linked to a number of Premier League clubs, which looks like Chelsea most likely to emerge victorious.
In light of his pending move to Chelsea, Barcelona fans have taken to message board, www,barcaforum.com, in order to voice who they think should take over the famous #4 shirt at Barcelona next season as a surprising name seemingly wins the fans vote.
But first, for those who don’t know why the Barcelona number four shirt does carry an added expectation, let me enlighten you.
It was reported, just before Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, that they had made a ‘symbolic gesture’ to the midfielder by keeping their #4 shirt clear for him to fill, which he eventually did. However, the reason to why the shirt number is so highly-regarded amongst fans is because it was the number worn by legendary former player and manager Pep Guardiola.
The now Bayern Munich manager is regarded as one of the best players ever at Barcelona and in an eleven year playing spell at the club, he racked up a monstrous 366 appearances, a figure that leaves him just outside the top 10 players in Barcelona’s history.
But, who have Barcelona fans touted as their favoured player for the shirt? Well, surprisingly, they have ignored any possible new names coming into the club and opted for defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets to take the role on.
Here are some of the comments below:
''BOSSQUETS will gladly accept pep's #4 and **** Cesc! Just by Cesc leaving we are upgrading offensively and defensively!''
''Would love to see Busquets with the #4''
''No way Rafinha gets #4... This number is reserved only for the best and Rafinha has not proved himself yet. Busquets is the man. Rafinha will take #12''
''It depends on what busquets chooses, if he wants the 4 he will have rest preference but if he wants his number to be his then if cesc leaves someone will have to take it and I don't know but it doesn't feel right for rakitic to get it''
The 25-year-old, who has earned the nickname ‘Bossquets’ by fans, is a favourite at the Nou Camp, although that opinion isn’t shared universally by football fans.
He is renowned as a reliable, hard-working midfielder but has often had to deal with living in the shadow of Barcelona’s dynamic duo in Xavi and Iniesta.
Nevertheless, the Spanish international has managed to record a staggering 284 appearances for Barca in a six season spell at the club.
And Busquets, in my opinion, would be an ideal choice for the shirt because he, in his own right, has turned into a symbolic player for Barcelona and a player that, I believe, is likely to end his career in the red and blue of the club.