It is old news now that Manchester United put in a £25 million bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.
United have already missed out on young Spaniard Thiago Alcantara and with Wayne Rooney's future still in doubt - Fabregas could be an ideal signing.
There have been stories recently which have been stirring the pot, saying Barcelona are going to accept the bid and Fabregas would be willing to move if the Catalonian giants give United permission to conduct negotiations.
However we have to look at it like this; Fabregas to United? Really? It is not completely implausible, but very unlikely.
Fabregas has made over 90 appearances in two seasons, being in and out of the starting 11 and making many substitute appearances; and for a man who was the heart and soul of the Arsenal team playing 90 minutes week in week out, it is going to be a difficult transition.
Fabregas has told Tito Villanova he is happy at Barcelona and would like to stay, and Villanova has said he would like Fabregas to stay. Yet if it turns out Barca accept a bid to sell the childhood fan, he's not exactly going to feel wanted.
However, considering Barcelona have just sold Thiago, are they going to be willing to sell another one of their creative midfielders?
In the last couple of hours it has also been revealed that United may face a four-way British fight for the man who left the Premier League in 2011, with opposition coming from Chelsea, Machester City and, you guessed it, Arsenal.
It seems naive of Chelsea and Manchester City to get involved - and the initial bid from Manchester United feels optimistic in the first place. There is a clause in Fabregas' contract with Barcelona which states Arsenal are allowed first refusal on their much beloved ex-captain. If it turns out Barcelona are willing to sell, why wouldn't Arsenal take him back? If Arsenal were given the chance to bring Fabregas back the Emirates and instead let him go to United, the fans would surely be up in arms.
When Fabregas was still at Arsenal in 2011, he saw Fernando Torres go from Liverpool to Chelsea. In response to this, he said: "If some day I leave Arsenal it will never be to sign for another English team. I'm very sure."
Granted the circumstances are now different, but this is a man who has Arsenal in his heart and his relationship with the fans is that of an Arsenal legend. His first press conference with Barcelona two years ago was memorably very emotional too; as happy as he was to be joining his childhood club, he was very sad to be leaving north London.
The rumours are not entirely inconceivable. Fabregas will probably remain at Barcelona for another season; but if it turns out he can leave - Arsenal surely wouldn't let him go to one of their biggest rivals - would they?
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