Cesc Fabregas will have to find a club other than Arsenal if he wants to return to the Premier League - and he already knows it.
According to Spanish journalist Gillem Balague, the Gunners have already made the 27-year-old aware that they will not be taking up the option of activating the buy back clause they made part of the deal when he moved to Barcelona in 2011. Balague made the claim through his Twitter account, which is in conflict with recent reports that suggested Arsene Wenger wanted him back.
Fabregas has reportedly been put up for sale by Barcelona and the Catalan club are willing to accept an offer of £30million to fund other transfer business. A return to the club joined as a boy was billed as a 'homecoming', but it has not been as happy as he would have hoped and it appears as though he is now surplus to requirements.
Arsenal fans took the Spaniard to heart when he broke into the first team as a 16-year-old and became the heartbeat of the team before being made captain. A return to Emirates Stadium would be the sentimental option, but it appears as though Wenger is not willing to be the sentimental type.
One reason the Arsenal boss may not want to bring his former charge back is the fact that he has an abundance of talented creative midfielders at his disposal in the form of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, though there is an argument that the more top class players you have, the better. Fabregas may have had to face the situation of returning to a club where was once the leader of the team and not be starting every game, which may be one of the concerns he has currently at Barcelona.