Manchester United dealt transfer blow in race for ex-Arsenal star

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Barcelona are aiming to keep Cesc Fabregas past the summer transfer window, despite strong speculation that he could move to either Manchester United or Arsenal.

A surplus of reports over the last few days have implied that the Spain international is set for a return to the Premier League at the end of the season, having failed to make a strong impact at the Nou Camp. However Mundo Deportivo now claims that Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is keen to retain the services of Fabregas, as he sees him as integral to the squad moving forward.

The 26-year-old has struggled to break up the midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and along with Alex Song he’s largely been regarded as a backup player rather than an perennial first-choice. Then there’s Barca’s growing interest in Arturo Vidal to consider, as it’s thought the Catalan giants could make a move for the Chilean midfielder in the next transfer window. Were that to happen, it would surely spell the end of Fabregas’ career in Spain.

However Mundo reiterates that Zubizarreta is keen to hold on to the former Arsenal captain, as he is accustomed to the playing style of the team and versatile when it comes to being deployed in different positions. Whether or not Fabregas sees things the same way remains to be seen.

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