Former Arsenal midfielder feels undervalued at Barcelona.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas could make a surprise move to Germany this summer, joining former boss and mentor Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard has not hit his best form since moving to the Nou Camp from Arsenal in 2011, and is reportedly unsettled at the club after falling out with a section of the fans.
Much excitement surrounded the signing of Fabregas two years ago, when he joined from the Gunners after a lengthy transfer saga, with the Catalan giants keen to bring back a player who left them as a teenager for the promise of first-team football in England.
The 26-year-old was a great success at Arsenal, prompting Barcelona to spend £25million to sign him back, and the ex-Gunners captain welcomed the chance to return home and play for the club he supported as a boy.
However, working under mentor Guardiola was another big incentive for Fabregas to re-join Barca, and the manager made the surprise decision to quit the club at the end of Fabregas’ first season there, taking a sabbatical from the game to escape the immense pressure piling on him at the Nou Camp, where he was arguably a victim of his own success, with a sensational treble win in his first season in charge.
The 42-year-old was considered hot property and targeted by a number of top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City, and in the end he was snapped up by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
He will take over at the Allianz Arena at the start of next season, and will be expected to build on the team’s incredible success this season by being handed a massive £270million budget to spend on new players.
A number of big names have been linked already, with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez a prime target as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Polish hitman Robert Lewandowski. Highly-rated Dortmund youngster Mario Goetze has been snapped up as well, it was recently confirmed.
With Fabregas unhappy at Barca, Guardiola is now said to be eyeing up the possibility of signing the midfield playmaker again, and will be given the funds to offer the kind of money his old club won’t want to turn down. Fabregas would also welcome the chance to play under Guardiola again, after being in and out of the team under new Barca boss Tito Vilanova.
Arsenal have been linked with a return for Fabregas, but he has been quick to distance himself from these rumours. The Gunners’ lack of silverware since 2005 may be off-putting, whereas he will be tempted to join a Bayern team that are sweeping up all before them this season, and who recently humiliated Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate en route to the Champions League final.
Fabregas will also be keen to put himself in the mind of Spanish national team manager Vicente Del Bosque ahead of next summer’s World Cup, and will not want to be behind team-mates Xavi and Iniesta for both club and country.