Arsenal have reportedly turned down the opportunity to re-sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, according to reports on BBC Sport.
The 27 year old has been at Barcelona for three years after leaving Arsenal in 2011 following 303 appearances for the Gunners. However the Spaniard has been deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Luis Enrique and is expected to leave the Spanish giants in the summer.
The North London club included a buyback clause in the deal that saw the midfielder complete his move to the Camp Nou, which gives them first refusal on the Spaniard following Barcelona’s decision to sell him.
However the report suggests Arsenal have informed Barcelona they will not be exercising the option. It is understood the Spaniard was keen to return to north London but manager Arsene Wenger is not looking to recruit another creative midfielder.
It further states that Arsenal’s priority is to bring in a striker to compete with Olivier Giroud, a right-back to replace Bacary Sagna, with goalkeeping cover also needed after the exit of Lukasz Fabianski. With Arsenal out of the equation, Chelsea have emerged as the favourites to bring him back to the Premier League.
It looks like Wenger has decided that Fabregas is a luxury signing that he can’t justify. The French manager wants to concentrate more on strengthening the areas where the team is lacking in numbers and quality.
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He will reportedly cost somewhere in the region of £30 million and with Arsenal targeting other necessities, it appears Wenger has already zeroed in on his targets and Fabregas is certainly not part of that plan.
The news will serve as a massive disappointment to the fans who hoped that he would return to the team, he served so capably for eight seasons. His story wasn’t supposed to end with him coming back to play in England for another club, if the rumors play out into reality. However he shouldn’t be blamed for that, as we have had the chance to sign him and we have rejected the opportunity. So he is free to peruse his career anywhere that is best for him and hopefully that’s not at Stamford Bridge.
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