Any hopes Manchester United had of bringing Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford have been well and truly dashed, with the news that the Spaniard has agreed a deal with Chelsea.
The Red Devils have been desperate for a player of the former Arsenal-man’s mould and Louis Van Gal’s decision to veto a deal will have taken many by surprise. Described as a “complete” midfielder, the 27-year-old would have provided the solution to United’s lack of “that special something” in the centre of the pitch.
When a player with the ability of Fabregas becomes available, it is simply foolish not to go after him – particularly with new manager Louis Van Gaal reportedly being given a £200 million transfer kitty to play with this summer – and the club will live to regret its most recent decision.
AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman is understood to be the Old Trafford outfit’s main target, but this chase is a risk in itself, considering the Dutchman is unproven in the Premier League. Having made over just over 200 appearances for the Gunners, Cesc has a wealth of experience in the English top flight.
He was phenomenal for the club before his switch to Barcelona, and three years on, the only differences to his game will come from his increased experience. His spell in La Liga, playing alongside the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, will have left a tremendous impression on the midfielder.
He will be looking to prove himself after a sour end to his time at the Nou Camp, in which he fell out of favour with both the management and the fans. Fabregas is the type of player who would be first-choice at any other club in the world, the star of the team, but this was not to be during his time with Catalan giants.
Of course, we could have seen Fabregas and Robin Van Persie pick up where they left off – the two previously spent seven seasons together at Arsenal. It’s just a shame this reunion is now unlikely to ever occur.
At just £27 million Chelsea have completed a deal that’s likely to prove the best business of the summer. Selling David Luiz for £40 million and recruiting Cesc for a handsome profit is a masterstroke from the London club.