Manchester United have been linked to Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas once again this summer, but over the last 24 hours, this new transfer saga seems to have taken yet another twist. Reports have been rife linking the former Arsenal midfielder with a return to London, but for Chelsea instead of their North London rivals, something which will pretty much annoy Arsenal’s supporters, which for me is a winner. At a press conference ahead of the FIFA World Cup, Gerard Piqué and Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque were caught by microphone suggesting a deal has been done which would see Fabregas leave Barcelona for a fee of €33 million. Piqué, Fabregas’ Barcelona and Spain team-mate said:
“[Cesc Fabregas] told me [the deal] is done. He’s already leaving, he told me that it is €33million.”
Del Bosque replied:
“Poor president (in reference to Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu). He can’t win for losing.”
Whether this is true is another story as no sooner than the conversation was over, both Piqué and his coach were smiling, so it could have all been a ruse for the waiting media, who are suggesting that Manchester United and Chelsea are both destinations for the Spanish midfielder. Depending on which newspaper you read, both clubs are 100% certain to sign their man, which just goes to show that nobody really knows what is happening.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balagué has stated on his Twitter account that a deal has not been struck with Chelsea. He confirmed conversations between Barcelona and Chelsea are taking place, but no deal has been struck.
Cesc hasnt got a deal with Chelsea, it doesnt matter what Pique or others say. Not yet. Conversations taking place but NO DEAL YET. Not yet
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 4, 2014
Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has stated the opposite saying that Fabregas will definitely be joining Chelsea, just how he knows this is the case is a matter of opinion, but he seems pretty sure of himself right now.
Cesc Fabregas will definitely be joining Chelsea.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) June 5, 2014
Reports in the media over the past few weeks did suggest that Louis van Gaal was not interested in signing Cesc Fabregas, so this could be why he ends up at another club. Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with the player, but with United’s cross city rivals having to appease UEFA because they breached FFP regulations, a spending spree will not be at the top of their list and I believe Liverpool would not be able to offer the wage structure that Fabregas was on at Barcelona, no matter about what he could have been offered by other clubs that are/were interested in signing him. I do feel that this transfer saga will continue until the World Cup is over and with Spain being the current holders, it could be likely that they look to pouch their dominance into a fourth tournament over the last six years.
By Paul Bienkowski
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