Emirates Stadium side look to head off interest from Old Trafford.
Arsenal are set to trigger a clause in Cesc Fabregas’s contract as Arsene Wenger seeks to beat Man United in the chase to sign the Spanish international according to the Daily Mail.
The Emirates Stadium side are keen to welcome the 26 year old back to North London and had initially been told that Fabregas was keen to play for another season at Barcelona but talk of his interest in a move to Old Trafford has spurred Wenger into action.
Arsenal have first refusal on any possible Nou Camp departure and can land the World Cup winner for a modest fee of £25m, which would of course still be a club transfer record for the spendthrift Premier League side.
Speculation over Fabregas’s future at Barcelona has been rife with many stating that the former Gunners man isn’t making the kind of impact he would have hoped since moving back to Catalonia though it is worth noting that the attacking midfielder made more La Liga starts than any other outfield player in the club’s squad.
However Fabregas was dropped for crucial Champions League matches against PSG, AC Milan and Bayern Munich last term which could perhaps lead the Spaniard to be considering his future.
Newly appointed Barcelona boss Gerado Martino has moved quickly to quash exit speculation stating;
‘I’m not going to involve myself in the club’s accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here.’
Arsene Wenger may feel his midfield could do with more of a goal-scoring edge and Fabregas could form a good partnership with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere though arguably Arsenal have other areas of their squad that are in more urgent need of attention.