Catalan club reveal attempts to prize Gunner’s star away from Emirates to the Nou Camp have failed.
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Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi has revealed there are currently no plans to launch another bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard’s future was the subject of intense speculation last summer as Barcelona tried to bring him back to Camp Nou, where he came through the ranks as a youngster.
Sanllehi said: “Cesc is a great Catalan player. He played for us as a kid and he will be welcome back at Barcelona for the Champions League match.
“Right now, everything is dead regarding a transfer.”
Source: Sky Sports
No real surprise there then.
Obviously Barcelona will say the deal is dead – the transfer window has shut and the Spanish champions will not risk upsetting Arsenal with speculation over their captain so close to the Champions League tie.
This will not stop the Catalan giants launching another bid to sign the Spanish World Cup winner in the Summer.
But is this the best move for ‘el capitan’?
The attractions are obvious: Barcelona are the best club team in the world; Fabreagas grew up supporting Barca, came through their youth set-up and will be closer to his family; the Spaniard will re-unite with many of his national teammates.
But if he left at the end of the season there will be questions left unanswered.
Fabregas, in terms of trophies, has not proved himself in England. That cannot be entirely blamed on him as he played most of his North London career in a team that is evolving.
At 23 he still has plenty of time left in his career. He could spend another couple of years at the Emirates before returning ‘home’ to the Nou Camp when he will be in his peak.
An FA Cup and a Community Shield in eight years is a meagre return for one of the best midfielders in the world.
As Arsenal captain he has a duty to the club, his teamates and to the fans that idolise him to end Arsenal’s current trophy drought.
Fabregas said last Summer he has experienced more love at Arsenal than in his own home.
He should re-pay this love by bringing silverware to Arsenal before returning to his roots.
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