Cesc Fabregas: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2013

It was the move that saw one of Barcelona's greatest sons return home to much media and supporter fanfare, but in the two years since Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona, things have not worked out as many had hoped.

During his time at the Gunners, Fabregas was very much the No.1 man at the club—the lynchpin. Everything went through him and the team was built around his talents.

Given his Catalan heritage, he is loved just as much at Barca, but not in the same way as at the Emirates and it has impacted Fabregas' performances. He has struggled for form over the past two seasons, which has led many to suggest his time at the Nou Camp will come to an end soon. So, will it?

AGE: 26

CONTRACT SITUATION: Fabregas departed Arsenal for his hometown club Barcelona in 2011 for an estimated five-year £35 million deal. He still has three years to run on that, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2016.

CAREER STOPS: Arsenal (2003-11), Barcelona (2011-current)

CURRENT CAMPAIGN: La Liga: 29 games, 10 goals, 12 assists; Copa del Rey: seven games, two goals; Spanish Super Cup: one game; Champions League: eight games, one goal 



SCOUTING GUIDE: Fabregas showed during his time at Arsenal that he was one of the most talented players of his generation. But when you're competing for places against the likes of Andres Iniesta, it's a little tougher to shine.

That's been the story at Barcelona, but it doesn't mean Fabregas doesn't remain a fine talent. He is an exceptional attacking force, linking up play from defence and attack to great effect. It's perhaps this transitional aspect of his game that isn't as lauded as his ability to find the back of the net, yet it remains just as important.

A return of 10 goals in La Liga this term outlines what a threat he can be in the box, while his 12 assists demonstrate a player who is adept at laying it on a plate for his teammates.

WHAT'S NEXT: Rumors were abound that Arsenal included a 50 percent sell-on clause in the sale of Fabregas in 2011 (via The Telegraph), so if Barca decides they've seen enough of the 26-year-old, it could prove an excellent deal for the Gunners.

The same report from The Telegraph in 2011 suggests Arsenal have the right to first refusal on Fabregas, so while the rumor mill is filled with tales of Manchester United's apparent interest (via The Independent) in the Spaniard, it could prove somewhat premature if Arsene Wenger acts upon that agreement.

Indeed, he has refused to rule out a return to the Emirates, as Metro reports, so could Cesc be returning "home" yet again thus summer?