Last week we heard of Manchester United’s £26m bid for Barcelona ace and former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas.
This took a lot of people by surprise. Why would David Moyes target somebody with such a strong affiliation to the Gunners?
Naturally, we’ve heard a lot of back-and-forth since the story first broke. We’ve heard all kinds: Arsenal have first refusal, Barcelona aren’t interested, Barcelona could be tempted, Cesc isn’t interested, Cesc could be tempted and so on. It’s becoming hard to keep track.
According to The Mirror, Barcelona are willing to sell Fabregas, but he wont come cheap. United would have to break their transfer record, slap another £5m on top of their bid and offer Barca at least £31m.
Whilst Cesc Fabregas hasn’t quite made the impact he would have liked at the Nou Camp, Barca would make a £6m profit on him if they sold him to United at this price. As such, they’d probably consider their brief rendezvous with the Spanish ace to have been a rousing success.
Whatever the truth may be, it’s clear that something’s going on behind the scenes. This raises the question: should United really be chasing Fabregas and should they really be splashing so much cash on him?
United keeper David De Gea certainly seems to think so:
“It would be great if Cesc came here. It would be great to have more Spanish players at Manchester United. He’s a great player; very skilful, knows how to win things. You always want those type of players in your team.”
The Spanish connection aside, De Gea is absolutely right. The skillful side of Fabregas’ game just isn’t highlighted enough. Whilst we all wax lyric about his vision and passing range, it’s his ability to buy himself time and space to pick out a killer ball that has made him the player he is.
Fabregas has struggled to fit in at the Nou Camp, but that’s not all that surprising given the players barring his way into the first team. The 26-year-old has to compete with Andres Iniesta and Xavi, two of the best midfielders of all time.
This wouldn’t be the case at Manchester United, where he’d be given an opportunity to stake his claim and start building a real legacy.
£31m is a lot of money, but it’d argue it would be money well spent. United need another attacking midfielder and Fabregas is one of the best available. If David Moyes pulls this one off, he’ll have engineered a real coup.
What’s your take? Should Manchester United look to strike a big money deal for Fabregas?
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