Cesc Fabregas is again the main topic of football transfer stories this summer and we are no nearer to knowing his destination.
If reports are to be believed then it is highly unlikely he will be a Barcelona player at the start of next season and England seems to be his expected destination. Which club however is still very much open for discussion, with most of the top Premier League clubs being linked at some point. At 27 years of age, the next move for Fabregas is arguably his most important and the last thing he would want is a repeat of his situation at Barcelona where he is still yet to establish himself as a first team regular. This does then beg the question of whether he fits into any of the teams he has been linked with and if not, where should he play next season?
Manchester United were heavily linked last summer only for the transfer not to happen, and they are again being linked with a swoop for the former Arsenal star. According to reports in the Daily Express, United have leapfrogged Chelsea as favourites to land Fabregas due to their failure to secure Champions league football next season.
They report that Barcelona now see United as less of a rival, even though they are unlikely to stay out of European competition for too long. However, even with their well documented need for midfield enforcements, is signing another attack-minded midfielder a wise choice for United? It would seem that his best position is in the number 10 role which is currently contested by Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa. Unless Louis van Gaal plans to make some serious changes to the Manchester United squad, I struggle to see where Fabregas would fit in.
Chelsea have been reported as potential suitors, especially since Frank Lampard confirmed that he is leaving the club after 13 very successful years. Fabregas certainly is a worthy replacement for Lampard, but as with United, their midfield is fully stocked with quality players and would require wholesale changes to accommodate a player like Fabregas.
The likes of Oscar, Hazard, Willian, Salah and Schurrle currently fight for attacking midfield roles, without factoring in the returning younger players such as Marco van Ginkel. It was however a surprise when Mourinho sold Mata to United last January, so let's not rule out big departures if he feels that Fabregas could do a job.
Arsenal will always be mentioned when it comes to Fabregas, with the former Gunners captain still being held in high regard by the fans despite his high profile move to Spain. He would be welcomed back to the Emirates with open arms but again, is there a space for him in that midfield? The one area that Arsenal seem to be well stocked is the midfield area, with Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Rosicky all battling it out for roles. As with the other clubs linked, at least one high profile departure would likely be required to accommodate Fabregas, and with the Arsenal fans crying out for more striking options and a less leaky defence, Wenger is likely to focus on other options.
Fabregas to Manchester City? Why not. They certainly don't have an issue with stock-piling star players but would Fabregas want to battle it out with the likes of Toure, Nasri, or his international team-mates Silva and Navas? However if Toure feels that he will be appreciated more elsewhere, Fabregas could be a very good replacement.
What about Barcelona? I am not sure it would be a good idea if Fabregas left at all and maybe he should stay and fight for his place. Barcelona are going through a small transition following a season seen as a failure by their impeccably high standards.
Players such as Xavi are coming towards the end of their illustrious careers and maybe Fabregas should stay and prove that he is worthy of being the long-term replacement. Current La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are looking set to lose several of their championship winning squad this summer so will they be the same force next year? Barcelona are perfectly poised to resume their status as champions of Spain and Fabregas should think long and hard about staying for the revival.
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