As Barcelona star set to leave… with Manchester City and Chelsea also interested
- Cesc Fabregas notwanted by new Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique
- Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City leading chase for his signature
- Manchester United not back in for him after being rebuffed last year
- Could make a return to Arsenal, who he left after eight seasons in 2011
- Played 303 games for Gunners, scoring 57 goals and winning 2005 FA Cup
Arsenal have discussed the prospect of activating their buy-back option on Cesc Fabregas this summer as the midfielder prepares to leave Barcelona.
The Gunners have more urgent transfer business to address with the capture of a new right-back, defensive central midfielder and striker at the top of Arsene Wenger’s shopping list.
But the idea of bringing Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium is gathering pace behind-the-scenes at Arsenal, with the prospect of tabling an offer for the midfielder viewed as a realistic possibility.
Wanted man: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ availability will interest Premier League clubs
Time to go: Barcelona coach has deemed Fabregas (pictured) surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp
Return? Fabregas (left and right) enjoyed a good working relationship with Arsene Wenger (left) at Arsenal
In selling Fabregas to Barcelona, the north London club secured a first-option clause on their former captain – though that can only be triggered upon the Spain international informing the Catalan club that he wants to leave.
It is also understood that the clause is set at a fixed price of £25million.
Barca chiefs are open to selling Fabregas, but, despite the clause, are determined to reclaim as much of the £35million spent on the 27-year-old as possible.
Arsenal believe that if Fabregas returns to the Premier League this summer, the Emirates Stadium is his preferred destination.
Manchester United are not believed to be interested in signing Fabregas this summer, despite the club’s failed attempts to land him last summer.
Lure: Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is among the managers chasing Fabregas’ signature
Surplus: New Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has told Fabregas he can find another club this summer
However, Manchester City and Chelsea are monitoring Fabregas’ situation this summer as they plot their summer transfer business.
Fabregas qualifies as a homegrown player, a major attraction for both Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho.
But the fact Arsenal have first-option on Fabregas, and the midfielder’s obvious links with the club, leaves them in pole position in the race to sign the Barca star.
Source : Daily Mail