This story is getting boring with every passing season. Actually it’s turning into a transfer saga. Cesc Fabregas, everyone knows where his heart is, but does the football world really to wake up the same story every the other day?
It’s an open secret that the young Arsenal captain would jump at the opportunity to return to Barcelona, a club that taught his how to kick a foot ball, a club he played for at the youth level until 2003 when he left to join Arsenal aged 16 [years].
For the last three seasons, but most especially the last two, the story of Fabregas and his supposed ‘returning home’ has dominated every transfer window. It is a story that will just not go away until the inevitable happens.
All these past few weeks, reports have been rife in the British and Spanish football media that the Spanish midfielder is set to leave Arsenal and join the Catalan club.
It would be very surprising, if Fabregas did not return to his native Catalonia at some point in not-so-distant future. However, despite all that has been written, is the timing right for the Arsenal captain to ‘return home’?
In more than one way, the deal makes sense for the player, Arsenal and Barcelona, especially that the 2010 Fifa World Cup winner with Spain is well versed with Barca’s philosophy having come through their youth ranks.
Fabregas has spent almost 8 years in the bright lights of London and he has very little to show off in terms of silverware, and as he moves into his prime years, the lure to win major trophies, something is becoming impossible with Arsenal, will surely play a major part in his decision.
For all his talent, the Spaniard has won just the FA Cup and Community shield during his time with Arsenal and chances of them winning a major trophy as getting slimmer by the other season.
Tactically, Fabregas’s move, if happens sooner rather than later, could be a disaster for Guardiola [the Barca coach]. By Fabregas joining Barca, he would certainly have to replace either Xavi or Iniesta, but as we have seen the importance of these two players to Barca, can Guardiola afford to do the unthinkable and one of the two for sake of accommodating Fabregas?
Does Guardiola, in the first place, really need Fabregas when he has pass-master Xaxi around, who even at 30, still has another two good seasons in his legs?
In some corners, Fabregas’s move back to Barcelona is more of a political card than a tactical one. His name is simply a tool in the club’s politics. It’s claimed that the current Barca president Sandro Rosell used Fabregas’ name to win the presidency from Laporta.