Cesc Fabregas would appear to edging closer to a transfer to Chelsea, although Manchester City and Manchester United are reported to remain in contention to sign the Barcelona midfielder after he completes international duties at the World Cup. And Arsenal, it would seem, continue to hold no interest in recruiting their former charge.
It has been claimed for a week or so that Barcelona have already agreed a deal for Fabregas to leave the Camp Nou, with €33 million the supposed transfer fee, and Chelsea is the expected destination for the Spain international. But there may yet be another twist in this latest Fabregas related transfer saga.
Guillem Balague offered an update on the Fabregas situation on Wednesday evening, stating there has a yet to be an agreement struck with Chelsea or any other proposed suitors. However, Barcelona have leaked that Chelsea are indeed the frontrunners, and that a move to Stamford Bridge is ‘very close’.
But, despite the 27-year-old edging towards Chelsea, Balague claims that Manchester City and Manchester United remain ‘in the equation’ for Fabregas, although there have been previous reports that Louis van Gaal is not interested in bringing the player to Old Trafford.
While this decision from Van Gaal would appear foolish given Manchester United’s want for a midfielder of creative repute, the reluctance from Arsenal to activate their option to buy Fabregas remains unfathomable.
Balague confirms Arsenal are ‘the only top England team’ with no interest in signing Fabregas, despite being able to sign the player for a fee less than Chelsea are set to conclude the deal for. Arsene Wenger has numerous central midfield options, this is clear, but the chance to recruit an elite world class performer is one that should not be passed.
Wenger, much maligned for his past performances in the transfer market, has displayed this ruthless streak before of course, with the Arsenal manager selling captain Patrick Vieira, just weeks after he had lifted the FA Cup trophy, in order not to stunt the progress of a then teenaged Fabregas.
Arsenal’s loss on this occasion will be the significant gain of Chelsea, of course, although Wenger will be content that Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will prove his decision to overlook Fabregas was the correct one.