Barcelona’s continued pursuit of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas leaves very little to the imagination. They have stressed how keen they are to purchase the Spaniard on a number of occasions, and they do not appear put off by Arsenal’s reluctance to sell.
However, despite Fabregas' apparent willingness to return to his homeland, the deal is far from complete.
With the player still under contract at Arsenal, the Gunners are reluctant to let their captain go. Fabregas has played a very important role for Arsenal over the past few years, and Arsene Wenger has transformed a raw but talented youngster into one of the game’s finest midfielders.
Fabregas has enjoyed his time in North London. He loves the club. He loves the fans. However, he does not want to miss out on the opportunity to return to the club that began his career.
Now, with the Gunners firmly standing their ground, any offer to sign Fabregas will have to be for a huge sum of money if they want to tempt the London-based outfit into a sale. Furthermore, Barcelona are rumoured to be facing financial difficulties, and are unwilling to part with a huge pile of money to secure their target. Add Arsenal’s rhetoric to the mix, and a deal looks highly unlikely.
Nevertheless, the player has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal. It is his wish to join Barcelona, the club he supported as a boy, and Barcelona would love to capture his signature.
It is difficult to hold onto a player who no longer wants to play for your club, and Wenger’s long-term rival, Sir Alex Ferguson, will attest to that.
Ferguson must believe that Arsenal are fighting a losing battle, because he fought the same battle for the last two summers.
Ever since Manchester United won the Champions’ League in 2008, it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s wish that he could leave the Red Devils and join Real Madrid.
Madrid expressed their wish to sign Ronaldo, and as the club that he supported as a boy, Ronaldo was hoping for a move.
He loved his time at United, and blossomed into the greatest player in the world during his time at Old Trafford, but he simply found it impossible to turn down the club he supports.
Notice any similarities?
Furthermore, Ferguson played hard ball with Real Madrid in 2008. He famously announced that he “wouldn’t sell them a virus” following their very public pursuit of United’s winger. He refused to back down, and in doing so, he was able to keep Ronaldo in Manchester for the following season.
However, when Real came knocking the next summer, Ronaldo again expressed his desire to join Madrid.
In the end, Ferguson relented. A fee was agreed upon with Madrid, and Ronaldo departed.
Arsene Wenger is unhappy with Barcelona’s public admiration of Fabregas, and their very public pursuit of his captain. He will likely refuse to sell him, in the same way Ferguson refused to sell Ronaldo. However, the same scenario will play out next summer if he succeeds in keeping Fabregas.
In the end, Fabregas' wish to leave the club will become too much. The club will simply cash in, and let their star player leave. It happened with Ronaldo, and it will happen again with Fabregas.
Arsenal fans should enjoy the success should Wenger ward off Barcelona. Unfortunately, they should brace themselves for their captain’s departure next summer instead.