Barcelona fans want Man Utd & Arsenal target Fabregas to be sold

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Manchester United and Arsenal could be on alert after a poll revealed that half of Barcelona supporters wanted Cesc Fabregas to be sold in the summer.

Fabregas re-joined his boyhood club in 2011, but has struggled to find his best form having failed to hold down a regular starting spot in the same position.

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has deployed Fabregas in the false-nine position in recent games - an experiment which has failed badly.

Such is the extent of Fabregas's recent form that now a poll of fans has revealed that around 50% would like to see him leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

A poll conducted by Marca revealed that more than half of the club's fans wanted the 26-year-old gone.

Barcelona's season has capitulated in recent weeks, with a defeat against lowly Granada all but ending the defence of their league crown, while they've been knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid and beaten by Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

That run looks likely to spell the beginning of the end for Martino, who only took charge of the club at the beginning of the season.

Barcelona's form - plus the troubles they face off the pitch - have contributed to the ill-feeling around the club which could explain the anger being vented at Fabregas.

Should he be forced out of the club, the Spanish international is likely to be welcomed by either Manchester United or Arsenal with open arms.

Fabregas was courted heavily by David Moyes after he took over as Manchester United boss at Old Trafford, while Arsenal retain a place in the midfielder's heart.

Any potential transfer could face a number of obstacles; Barcelona have been hit with a transfer ban by FIFA for breaches of rules relating to the transfer of under-age players.

Manchester United would also struggle to land Fabregas if Arsenal wanted him back - the Gunners are said to have first refusal on their former player if any offer from another club is accepted.

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