The Fabregas transfer saga continues to drag on throughout the transfer window with Arsenal only willing to let their captain leave ‘at the right price’, and Barcelona unwilling to pay above their valuation of around £35m for the midfielder. It seems that although everyone involved with the club, fans and players alike, will be hoping their talisman remains in North London, there are several reasons that ought to be considered as to why Fabregas’ return to Barcelona may be the best solution to this rather lengthy dilemma.
Rejoin his boyhood club.
Fabregas started his ‘footballing career’ with Barcelona before being snapped up by Arsenal in 2003 at the age of 16. Whilst he will undoubtedly owe much of his education and training in football to Arsenal, it seems a desire to return to where he established his talent is of huge importance not only to Barcelona, but to Cesc himself.
As we all well know, Arsenal have now gone 6 years without a trophy, and despite mounting a challenge for the league for the best part of a season, theirs always seems to collapse towards the latter stages. Barcelona have established themselves as the Spanish giants, and it is difficult to imagine a season in which they are not competing at the top of the league, if not running away with it.
To play for the champions of Europe.
Barcelona have not only proven themselves domestically, but they have also shown the consistency of champions on the European stage throughout the years, most recently of course being crowned champions of Europe at the end of last season. Arsenal on the other hand have failed to establish themselves as one of the European greats in recent years, and often seem to falter to against the ‘big’ teams like Barcelona themselves.
Arsenal could do with the money.
Should a compromise between the clubs valuation of Fabregas be met then, despite recent reports that Arsenal have ‘substantial money’ to spend in the window, an extra £30-40m can only strengthen their power in the market. Arsenal would have the time and the funding to help find a suitable replacement for their star man, and ultimately help create some positives out of a situation that, up until now, has been particularly bleak for everybody involved with the club.
He wants to leave.
If we are to believe the claims of Barcelona midfielder Xavi, then Cesc is supposedly “suffering” whilst he remains an Arsenal player. Fabregas has expressed his desire to leave North London before, and the last thing Arsene Wenger or the Arsenal fans will want is their captain to remain at the club against his will. Concerns over his effort and commitment will undoubtedly arise and in turn, this will only create further difficulties and angst between the player and the club.