Reports have surfaced on Saturday by a number of reputable sources that Barcelona’s new coach Luis Enrique is willing to sell Spain international Cesc Fabregas for just £30 million (est. $50 million). According to BBC, perhaps the most reputable UK source for matters such as this, Fabregas would prefer to return to the Premier League, and didn’t specifically state that his return would be for Arsenal.
Fabregas made the move from Barcelona to Arsenal in 2003 before rejoining the Catalan giants in 2011. With new boss Luis Enrique coming into the club, he seems likely to shake things up, and part of this reshuffle may be cashing in on the highly rated Fabregas. With the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Dani Alves also linked with moves away from the club, Enrique may be looking to make an immediate mark with a number of high profile departures in order to fund some new imports.
Manchester United have been linked to Fabregas for a number of months, with former boss David Moyes establishing him as one of his main targets. With Louis van Gaal joining the club and turning down moves for the likes of Toni Kroos, it is unknown whether Fabregas is one of the Dutchman’s top targets this summer. The central midfield area is one that needs new recruits – could Fabregas fill the void?
The former Arsenal man is also linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as his former club, and Barcelona have made potential buyers aware of Cesc’s situation. Manchester United seem keen to wrap up at least one deal before the start of the World Cup, could Fabregas be the first of many high profile signings?
Cesc Fabregas joins Manchester United stalwarts David De Gea and Juan Mata in the Spain squad for the Brazil World Cup this summer, and this may help negotiations for the midfielder. United made two unsuccessful bids for the player last summer, but with the new manager and the asking price made clear, van Gaal would have an easier time than Moyes in the negotiation process with Barca.
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