I mustn’t have been the only one surprised at new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s decision to let Cesc Fabregas leave Barcelona this summer. A technically sound player who passes and moves the ball ‘the Barcelona way’, where could the Spaniard end up when the summer transfer window slams shut?
An obvious choice would be a return to the Premier League and the club he moved from; Arsenal. With Arsene Wenger signing a new deal, he would return to a manager who he knows and who knows him alike. The style of football hasn’t changed at Arsenal, and the chance to slot into central midfield alongside Ramsay or Wilshere would no doubt be an attractive proposition for him, as well as a big statement of intent from Arsene Wenger for achieving silverware next season. It would certainly get the fans onboard too.
What about Manchester United? He was heavily linked to move there last season by the media, and would add much needed quality to the middle of the park. With Cleverley, Fletcher and Fellaini all failing to make that position their own next to Michael Carrick, Fabregas would add that attacking tactical know how to compliment Carrick’s defensive nature.
Chelsea? On the one hand he would be a very good replacement to Frank Lampard. However on the other, Chelsea are well stocked for personnel in the middle. Ramires, Mikel, Matic and Van Ginkel just to name a few, I struggle to see where Mourinho could accommodate him, after thinking so highly of Matic and Ramires.
So then the options are aplenty abroad for Cesc. He would attract the biggest names – PSG, Monaco, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia – you name it, they’ll most likely be interested in a player of Fabregas’ ability; if they have a spare £30million to spend of course!
Who knows, Enrique could see Fabregas play in pre-season and be pleasantly impressed with what the lad has to offer. But in my opinion, he is a signing that Arsenal and Manchester United need the most over in this part of the world. And out of the two, we all know who he’d pick.