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According to Ben Moss at sport.co.uk, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has his eyes set on José Manuel Jurado as a possible replacement for Barcelona bound Cesc Fàbregas.
The deal is shocking because the rumour is based on the premise that Fàbregas will be replaced by José Manuel who?
Having watched the large majority of the Bundesliga this season, Jurado was average at best in a struggling Schalke side.
Of the 96 transfers Wenger has made since 1996, only five were players from Bundesliga clubs: Stefan Malz, Jens Lehmann, Alexander Hleb, Tomáš Rosický and Amaury Bischoff.
So if you’re going to go by the odds, you’ll only see Jurado at the Emirates as a visitor.
We also have to remember that Barcelona are cash strapped and desperate if you want to read into Barcelona president Sandro Rosell’s attempts to devalue Fàbregas.
Unless something drastic happens, it’s more than likely that Fàbregas will remain an Arsenal player for this upcoming season.
Even if he leaves, he’ll leave for a big transfer fee, allowing Wenger substantial amount of money to find a higher quality replacement.
If Wenger decides to make the rare venture into the Bundesliga, Mario Götze is a far better successor to Fàbregas than Jurado.