Arsenal Transfer News: Major Cesc Fabregas Warning Sounded by Ray Parlour

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured Columnist IVJune 14, 2016

ELCHE, SPAIN - MAY 11:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona looks down during the La Liga match between Elche FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on May 11, 2014 in Elche, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes the club would be overlooking their priorities if a large amount is spent on returning Cesc Fabregas to North London.

The Romford Pele, never one to hide his feelings when it comes to the Gunners, suggests Arsene Wenger needs to spend the bulk of his transfer budget on adding a world-class forward to the side, reported by Marc Isaacs of the Mirror:

The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team? They have got very similar players to Fabregas—they have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere—if you bring Fabregas back where do you fit him in?

He was great for the club but forwards should be much more of a priority. You look at Manchester City and Liverpool and they have much better forwards.

Fabregas could cost around £35 million, as highlighted by Nick Sutton of BBC Radio 4, who tweeted a recent back page from The Sun:

If Fabregas becomes available, many fans will feel the opportunity is too good to miss. Considering Arsenal have first option on their former captain, it's likely Wenger would face an extremely difficult head and heart situation.

The Frenchman is likely to realise dropping a major fee to clog Arsenal's midfield with another ball-playing star is a risky decision, especially when the club must adhere to UEFA's financial fair play rules. Spending £35 million will significantly reduce the amount that can be deployed on finding a prolific reinforcement for Olivier Giroud, which should be the club's No. 1 objective.

Even so, the temptation of reuniting with Fabregas will be constant. He remains a top-quality midfielder, someone whose passing, dribbling and movement would improve the fluidity of Arsenal's centre. However, Wenger has greater need for a midfield destroyer, someone with overpowering bulk and physicality, not another balletic sprayer of the ball.

Parlour's concerns are said to be nothing by Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph, who indicates Wenger won't jeopardise other transfers in order to secure Fabregas' signature:

Arsenal will not prioritise the signing this summer of Cesc Fabregas above recruiting a new striker and holding midfielder but will seriously consider activating their buy-back clause should a Premier League rival bid for their former captain.

The Barcelona man would undoubtedly be an excellent signing for Arsenal, but he is luxury, not a necessity. Fabregas is world-class and could improve any midfield across Europe, but the same old problems would still infect the Gunners' squad. In this day and age—where each major expenditure must be justified on the pitch—a potential move for Fabregas fails to make sense.

BARNET, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Ray Parlour of Arsenal Legends XI (L) shoots at goal during the charity football match between Arsenal Legends XI and World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) XI at Underhill Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Barnet, United Ki
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Such a hefty sum of cash is better spent on improving areas the squad currently fails to address. Around £35 million would come close to landing a Karim Benzema or Jackson Martinez, strikers the club are currently linked with by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail. Once either of these begin banging in goals at the Emirates, talk of Fabregas will be long forgotten.