Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Should Barca Bother with Bid for Cesc Fabregas?
For nearly two years now, Barcelona have seemingly done just about everything they possibly could to pry star midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal, except, of course, for making an offer that was satisfactory to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
That last little detail may finally be solved too now that Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and director Raul Sanllehi have tripped to London to work out the details of what is believed to be a £33.5 million transfer bid, marking a significant improvement over their last offer of £27 million and their third attempt to date bring Fabregas on board.
The big question now, aside from whether Arsenal will accept this latest bid, is a bit more moralistic, if you will: not will Barca acquire Cesc, but should they?
The "will" is still very much in doubt until anything official comes across, but there is reason to believe that Fabregas would represent something of a redundancy, albeit a supremely talented one, at Camp Nou. Los Blaugranes already sport arguably the finest midfield of any club in the world, led by fellow Spaniards Xavi and Andres Iniesta. With players of their caliber and team status already around, Fabregas might not even crack Pep Guardiola's starting XI, thereby rendering him a pricy luxury, perhaps the world's most expensive substitute.
Financially speaking, bringing on Cesc isn't exactly a "slam dunk" either. Sure, Fabregas has expressed a willingness to accept reduced wages as part of his return to Catalunya, but the up-front cost of the transaction is troubling enough that Guardiola is already attempting to sell off several valuable young assets, including Bojan Krkic, Oriol Romeu and Ibrahim Affelay, to raise funds.
Consider also the difficulty Camp Nou has had in nailing down the Alexis Sanchez transfer, which has also sapped quite a bit from the club's coffers—€26 million up front and up to €11.5 million in performance bonuses later on.
As rich and successful a club as Barca may be, even they cannot spend so frivolously as to disregard actual needs in favor of some long-standing desire to reconvene the entire Spanish national team that won the 2010 World Cup on the same pitch with the same club.
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