There has been speculation over the last 24 hours, notably in The Guardian, that the inordinately gifted former Arsenal man, Cesc Fabregas, could be on his way to Manchester United in the winter window.
From a Manchester United perspective, this would be a coup to trump even the signing of RVP from Arsenal. Fabregas is a world class player but, unlike United’s recent Dutch recruit, he is still some way from his pomp.
It is no exaggeration to suggest that Fabregas would improve any team in the world. His technique, creative vision, movement and passing ability is perhaps equalled but not surpassed in the modern game. Whatever your football allegiance Fabregas was an absolute joy to watch in the Premier League. An individual who was truly worth the entrance fee alone.
So now let’s get realistic. Cesc isn’t getting as much game time as he wants at the moment. But with Xavi in his thirties and Iniesta almost joining him, Fabregas surely represents the future of the Barcelona midfield. It seems ludicrous that they would sell the Spain international if they wish to continue with tiki taka in the years to come.
Fabregas wants game time. He just happens to be at the only club in the world where that wouldn’t be guaranteed for him. Surely he would stroll into any other midfield.
It does seem very unlikely to us that he will make a move to Manchester United, but we said that about RVP and now he’s banging in the goals at Old Trafford. What is for certain is that Alex Ferguson would be interested if Fabregas became available. Until that point Manchester United fans can enjoy pleasant daydreams about Cesc pulling the strings in their midfield after The Ginger Prince has finally departed from a game made all the more beautiful by his presence.
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