Last year, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas publicly stated in an interview that he’d one day like to return to Barcelona. It was hardly news for the then-23 year old Catalan to want to play for the club he supported as a boy in his hometown and managed by his life-long idol. Barça then tried to bring the World Cup winner back home but unsuccessfully. This summer could be a different story.
Having since spent another season at the Emirates and coming out with no silverware, Fabregas’ feelings on a move back home would only have been stronger – especially if he was watching the Catalan giants’ triumphant season.
Barça president Sandro Rosell has insisted that his market value is not what it was worth 12 months ago. A £27 million bid was turned down by the Londoners last week yet Catalan papers have insisted that the signing is “imminent” (especially since Arsenal’s new away kit was released this week and Fabregas’ face was nowhere to be seen in the photos). In truth, it is not. Arsene Wenger may need to keep the midfielder at all costs as it’s been reported Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy could be leaving the Gunners.
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Knowing how popular Cesc is in Catalonia, Rosell would really push to bring him to Barça and not only his football skills but also as another Catalan idol the club can market to eager fans. FC Barcelona merchandise with Fabregas’ name attached to it would sell to fans as much as it would with Messi’s or Iniesta’s.
Various reports say that if approximately €40 million is offered, it is believed Barça should get their man. And they have the money – especially since agreeing financial terms with AC Milan for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Cesc Fabregas is currently holidaying in Barcelona and Arsenal are due to start their pre-season training on Tuesday next. Will the 24-year old be back in London? Or will he stay in Barcelona?