According to the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea have agreed terms with Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but the Blues have yet to agree terms with the Catalan giants for the former-Arsenal star.
Manchester United and Arsenal are also supposedly interested in signing Fabregas this summer, as the midfielder looks set to leave his hometown club.
It seems unclear whether Arsenal will be making a bid for their former-captain or not. Fabregas was much-loved by the Gunners faithful, but it seems that boss Arsene Wenger has other priorities this summer.
Fabregas is a wanted man this summer, even Spanish international teammate Santi Cazorla has stated his desire to have the midfielder at the Emirates this summer. Cazorla told Sky Sports: “I’ve read that he could go to Chelsea but I’d prefer him to come to Arsenal because he’s a great player and they really love him there,”
“I don’t know what his future is, but I hope that he will be happy and enjoys the team wherever he is.
“I don’t think there’s a big difference between Cesc’s performances in the Premier League and La Liga. He’s adapted perfectly to both leagues.
“His statistics are great at Barcelona but he’s not valued the same as in England. There’s no difference in his numbers.”
Cazorla will be alongside Fabregas in the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, as they defend their crown.
Cesc Fabregas is an attacking midfielder, which is one position that Arsenal do not need to strengthen this summer. The likes of Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are all capable of playing in the attacking midfield roles.
If Fabregas did return to the Emirates, then Arsenal would be overloaded with attacking midfielders and have too many players competing for the same position. The Gunners are in need of a central midfielder, but a defensive midfielder, rather than a player of Fabregas’ attacking ability.
No doubt whoever signs Fabregas this summer will be signing a very talented player, who is in his prime. This season has not been the best for Fabregas on a personal front or for his club, as the Catalan giants finished without silverware.
Fabregas would be a good signing for Chelsea or for Manchester United. Both have already got a plethora of attacking midfielders, but if reports are to be believed the pair is set for squad overhauls.
The likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar have both been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge. Manchester United’s new Dutch boss Louis van Gaal is set to make major changes in the Red Devils squad this summer. Midfield could be an area of the team that the experienced boss will be looking to improve this summer.
Signing Cesc Fabregas is currently not Arsenal’s priority. Arsene Wenger is believed to have made a new right-back, a defensive midfielder and a striker his prime targets this summer. Fabregas does not fit into any of those categories.
Arsenal does not seem to currently need Cesc Fabregas to return to the Emirates Stadium this summer. It would be a case of where would the Spanish international fit into the team? He could play in the centre of midfield alongside a defensive midfielder, but first Arsenal need to sign a quality defensive midfielder.
Wenger seems to have a big transfer kitty available this summer, but the veteran Frenchman may not be willing to spend the mooted fee of £30million on the former-Gunners captain, with other areas of the team in need of improvement.
Cesc Fabregas looks set for a return to the Premier League and it is good for the English top-flight to have a player of the Spaniards quality back in the league, whoever he signs for. The 27-year-old is believed to have wanted a return to Arsenal, but his second choice was to move to a club in London.
It seems he could get his wish this summer, but he may well end up at Stamford Bridge, rather than the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal’s loss could be Chelsea’s gain though.
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