Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal have first refusal should Cesc Fabregas depart Barcelona, however he expects his former captain to remain in Spain for at least one more year.
The Spaniard left Emirates two years ago to rejoin his boyhood club where he grew through the ranks at an early age. Wenger has kept in contact with the attacking midfielder and has revealed that they will be on alert should he decide to leave the Catalan giants, but he will not be making a transfer back to the Premier League this summer.
Reports have begun to heat up suggesting that Manchester United could pinch the talented 26-year-old under Wenger’s nose, however Gooners can sleep easy knowing the north London outfit will have the option to buy him back before their Premier League rivals.
Wenger was reported by The Guardian newspaper as saying:
We have the clause in the contract so would be on alert but at the moment that’s not something we’re after.
Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona. Unless he has changed his mind, I don’t know – but that’s what I’ve been told.
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It is clear the Spanish international will not be leaving Catalonia any time soon, however it is promising to hear that the Gunners inserted a clause should be decide to move off next summer. He has struggled to be a regular, pinnacle feature in the Barca squad however is often involved in some shape or form in majority of their matches. Most Gooners will welcome our former El Capitan back with open arms, so let’s hope it will happen next summer!
As for Manchester United, they can go suck themselves.