Manchester United Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Comments on Cesc Fabregas' Plans

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2013

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JULY 14:  Arsene Wenger, Arsenal FC team Coach during the match between Arsenal and the Indonesia All-Stars at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on July 14, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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Arsène Wenger appears better connected than David Moyes when it comes to the future of Manchester United target Cesc Fàbregas, whom he insists will stay in Spain this season, per Sky Sports.

According to Sky Sports, Fàbregas has been the central transfer target of United boss Moyes so far this summer, but two bids have failed, and Wenger insists the player will not leave Barcelona.

What I know is that Fabregas will stay one more year, at least, in Barcelona. That's the information I have.

If that changes, I don't know. But that's what I've been told.

Arsenal have a vested interest in United’s pursuit of Fàbregas, who remains a fan favourite at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have a first-refusal buy-back option as part of the deal that took the midfielder to Barcelona and would be expected to show interest should Fàbregas choose to move again.

However, Wenger has remained quiet while United have received consistent negative feedback regarding their own approaches for the Spain international, who recently scored a brace in Barcelona’s preseason friendly against Santos.

Having left the Catalan club as a teenager, Fàbregas spent eight years fighting to reach the level where he could return home, and Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Spanish publication Sport that United had given up hope of striking a deal.

Manchester United are interested in the player, but it's also true that they understand our position of not wanting to sell. They have renounced his signing. We aren't going to sell him.

He has a contract with us. We count on Cesc. He's an extraordinary player who creates and finishes chances. We are delighted with him. He's the number four of Barca.

Wenger’s silence and lack of urgency throughout United’s pursuit of Fàbregas has been telling. The playmaker still considers Wenger a mentor and father figure and has previously stated Arsenal would be the only English side he would represent. 

Fàbregas currently has his family and friends around him at Barcelona, who also play a style of football that suits him and earned him a league title last season.

With Xavi and Andres Iniesta edging ever nearer to the end of their illustrious careers, and Bayern Munich acquisition Thiago Alcantara no longer a threat to his place, Fàbregas remains an integral part of Barcelona’s fabric.

Wenger retains a healthy relationship with Fàbregas, just as he does with other former players such as Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, and Monday’s comments indicate he has been keeping abreast of developments all along, ultimately knowing the player was not a realistic transfer option.