Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, also revealed that Fabregas is open to being lured away from the Camp Nou this summer - although, as the situation stands, Barcelona are still a long way off agreeing to the versatile midfielder’s sale.
It was reported last week that United and Arsenal officials were alerted to the fact Barcelona supporters have resorted to using Fabregas as a scapegoat for the team’s recent poor performances, despite the fact he is a local lad and a proud Barca fan.
The 27-year-old was jeered by the club’s supporters in a recent match against Athletic Bilbao, leading his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta to tell reporters: “Of course it hurts to see Cesc jeered. You try to ignore it and hope it does not happen, but these situations are not comfortable.”
Fabregas was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, with the Red Devils even tabling a £25m bid for the Spaniard, but a move failed to materialise despite the best efforts of David Moyes and Ed Woodward.
Arsenal have first refusal on the midfielder, who spent eight enjoyable years with the Gunners before returning to his boyhood clubs in 2011, but it’s reported that Fabregas was keen to move to Old Trafford last summer.
The reason he didn’t leave the Camp Nou is because he was reluctant to go public with his desire to quit Barcelona - and subsequently risk alienating himself from the club’s supporters - although his close friendship with United striker, and former Arsenal teammate, Robin van Persie was one of the reasons why he was happy to join the Red Devils.
It seems increasingly likely, however, that Fabregas could be on his way back to the Premier League this summer.
But will he end up at Manchester United or Arsenal?