Manchester United have been hit with a damning blow in the transfer race for Francesc Fabregas, as Spanish publication Sport claims that the ex-Arsenal captain would prefer a move back to his former club ahead of one to Old Trafford.
Earlier on today it was reported that Barcelona are ready to put the Spaniard up for sale for a figure around the €40million mark, but Sport claims that the player is keen to stay at the Nou Camp past this season if the scenario is at all possible. Failing that it’s believed that a return to playing under Arsene Wenger is what the 27-year-old would prefer, despite being registered as one of Louis van Gaal’s top targets for the summer.
The midfielder has long been admired by the powers that be at Old Trafford, and was forced to reject a move to Manchester last summer when David Moyes tried his luck in the transfer market. Despite certain rumours stating that Louis van Gaal is prioritising the capture of Bastian Schweinsteiger over anyone else, it’s presumed that United retain a strong interest in Fabregas, and would surely jump at the chance to get him on board.
Of course if the Red Devils do make any sort of official offer then it would activate the first-option refusal clause that the former Gunner has embedded into his contract from when he was sold by Arsenal in 2011. And, if Sport is to be believed, Fabregas isn’t going to reject Wenger simply for the chance to play under Van Gaal.
However the same report does go on to suggest that due to a surplus of top quality midfielders currently plying their trade at the Emirates Stadium, Fabregas may not be needed there. Could that mean he’s destined to stay at the Nou Camp?