The Spaniard scored eight goals and assisted 13 in the league for the Catalan giants this season, however he has not shared the best of relationships with the Barcelona fans and was booed off the pitch on several occasions, which could quite have proved the last straw in his relationship with the club.
The report suggests the La Liga outfit have told Premier League clubs that Fabregas can leave the Nou Camp this summer. Although Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has recently claimed Fabregas is not for sale, it is now understood that a £30 million price tag has been put on the Spaniard’s head and circulated to clubs who may be interested.
It more specifically states that former employers Arsenal as well as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been informed of the availability of the play-maker. United claim they are not currently considering making a renewed bid for him, but Arsenal, City and Chelsea are keen to be kept informed of his situation.
The Gunners lead the way due to a first option clause they had inserted into the deal that took him back to his boyhood club from north London in 2011, and may look to exercise it to get a fans’ favourite back at the Emirates Stadium.
Fabregas is a classy pass master, at his best hovering between midfield and the forward lines. His versatility will also come in handy as he can play in his natural role which is the central attacking midfield position, while he could play on the wings, behind the striker as a false 9 or even as a striker alone with his finishing ability top notch.
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The Gunners have plethora of attacking midfielders but just like Wenger said when Arsenal bought Ozil, when a great player becomes available, you cannot afford to say no. He is that kind of player you can’t refuse and with key midfielders like Rosicky and Cazorla aging, he would be a good long term replacement for them.
He shouldn’t really be a priority at the moment, but he’s too good a player to pass up if there’s an opportunity there. The Gunners also need a striker who could get on the end of things and find the back of the net consistently. If Wenger decides to couple Fabregas’ signing alongside a world class striker, then the squad would be significantly bolstered, but a striker should take full priority.
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