Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
New Delhi: Despite thwarting away Manchester United`s efforts to sign Cesc Fabregas last season, the Catalan club have are now prepared to release the midfielder for £30m in the summer. It is being said that Fabregas would prefer to head back to the Premier League.
Barcelona have alerted clubs that are interested in the Spanish midfielder of his availability for a summer transfer. After joining the Catalan giants from Arsenal in 2011, the 27-year-old has not been able to establish his place in the squad.
Fabregas signed for Barcelona at the time for £35m with a buy-back option included as part of the contract. He joined Arsenal at the age of 15 from Barcelona in 2003.
At the time of re-joining the then Spanish champions, he had scored 59 goals and played in 305 games for the Gunners. After the departure of Thierry Henry and Patric Vieira, Fabregas emerged as the leader of the club on the pitch.
However, as things stand, Arsenal have not approached Barcelona with an offer for the midfielder. Fabregas still has two years left on his current contract. Having not made a major impact at the Camp Nou and with age on his side, it is in fact the best time for the Spain international to join a club with guaranteed first team action.
Despite not being the first choice player in his position at the club, Fabregas managed to score 35 goals in the 129 games that he played for Barcelona. It wasn`t easy for him to break into the side with Xavi and Andreas Iniesta is supreme form.
But Fabregas will look back at his time at Barcelona with much fondness thanks to the several trophies he won there. But will he be satisfied with his personal contribution to these triumphs is another question.
Manchester United made two failed bids to sign the former Arsenal captain last summer. It remains to be seen if new United boss, Louis van Gaal would be considering a move for Fabregas as he begins the process of rebuilding at Old Trafford.
For now though, defending the World Cup will be the main focus of Fabregas as he travels with his national team to Brazil.