Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal move more likely?

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The original Fabregas saga from Arsenal to Barcelona was expected, and Cesc has always been linked to Manchester United, but it's never seemed a reality, until now.

There have been rumours out of nowhere that the 26-year-old has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, although no solid sources have confirmed or even spread the rumours as of yet.

However, even if they are true Arsenal have the option that if they wish to match United's bid then they get their offer accepted over United, and even if Fabregas had the option to leave for either side, from what he's said in the past and where his loyalties lie he'd still chose Arsenal.

Although Fabregas' former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie may be able to persuade Cesc to join the Red Devils, but many still feel Arsenal is the only team Fabregas would consider joining, and wouldn't want the kind of reception Van Persie gets when travelling to the Emirates stadium.

The biggest factor people seem to forget on this story is, do Barca want to sell? They've already let Thiago leave, however the money, reportedly £35-40 million, Barcelona would get for Fabregas could go towards signing a new centre-back or two - what Barcelona desperately lack.

Barcelona also have other options for Fabregas' position already. For example, with a new centre-back, Barca could shift Javier Mascherano forward into the central-defensive midfield role while Sergio Busquets moves up into a central role.

Or with the signing of Neymar, Andres Iniesta moves inside from where Neymar will fit, into Fabregas' role in the middle.

With the arrival of Neymar, Fabregas may be forced further down the food chain at Barca as he was often benched last year under Tito Vilanova.

Barcelona also have Jonathan dos Santos (former Spurs player Giovani's younger brother), and Sergi Roberto coming through the ranks, whilst Alex Song cannot be overlooked altogether.

Considering all of this, the only team I see signing Fabregas is Arsenal. Other rumoured targets for Manchester United include Yohan Cabaye, Luka Modric and Marouane Fellaini (who's release clause is up soon), although out of them Modric is the only one who has the big name status David Moyes seems to want.

Fabregas has also only played one type of football in his professional career - Arsenal, Barcelona and Spain all focus on possession football, so would he even be a fit? Could he cope with the box-to-box type style of United's play?

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