Spanish publication Sport claims Darren Dein, the agent of Cesc Fabregas met with Arsenal’s representatives over the weekend. According to the publication, talks have however, failed to progress as expected over the player’s return the club he left three seasons ago.
Fabregas is widely expected to leave Barcelona this summer and a move to the Premier League is thought to be at the forefront of his mind, although long-term interest from Manchester United has cooled since Louis van Gaal agreed to take charge at Old Trafford.
The former Arsenal captain left the Emirates in 2011 to join his childhood club Barca, but things have failed to work according to the player’s plans. Last summer, rumours were rife in the media that the 26 year old midfielder was a strong target for David Moyes who was the manager of Manchester United at that time.
Details of the meeting have not been leaked to the public, but Fabregas is thought not to be Wenger’s priority signing this summer. The boss is keen on strengthening some key areas of the team including the right back position, the centre forward, and also bring in a defensive midfielder to provide solidity in the midfield.
However, the club may not just want to seat back and watch one of the best midfielders in the world move to rival clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool who have all been linked with the 26 year old. Arsenal fans won’t take it lightly should their former star man move to another club in the EPL.
The press has continued to insist that Arsenal do not see Fabregas as a priority signing; but I struggle to see how Wenger will let him join another English club. Last summer during the thick of the ‘Cesc to United’ rumour, Wenger told the press that the club were observing the player’s situation, and would be alerted should a bid come in for him. What this means is that Wenger and the club know something many of us do not know. The clause in the player’s contract was inserted for a purpose, and I am sure the manager is not just folding his hands.