Even though Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas came up through the Barcelona Academy and moved to Arsenal when he was a teenager there is talk now that the 24-year-old star midfielder would prefer a move to the reigning Champions League winners, Barcelona.
Living in London for the majority of the summer during the height of the football transfer period, there seemed there wasn't a morning during my stay that I didn't see Fabregas's name linked with transfer speculation to Barca in one of the many daily papers.
Arsenal is said to wants £40 million from Barca to acquire the Catalan midfielder and Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has taken a hard stance on the subject this summer.
Barca midfielder Xavi has continually made the news with seemingly putting words into his fellow Spaniard Fabregas's mouth and saying Cesc only wants to be at Barcelona, etc.
Wenger has lashed out at Xavi for these remarks, which should happen. It gets annoying daily when Fabregas hasn't really made any public desires for Barcelona known this summer.
For Fabregas though the best move is to stay in North London and continue to play at the Emirates. I know the Gunners haven't won any silverware in six seasons, which is sure to weigh on his mind as he watches his good friends play on the best team in the world in Barcelona.
However, Fabregas should consider the situation and realize he is in a much better place staying at Arsenal. He is one of the best midfielders in the EPL, if not the world and captain of a team that can contend in the EPL this coming season.
Going to Barcelona, Cesc would most likely have to come off the bench behind Xavi and Iniesta. Going from being the captain one of the upper-tier teams in the Prem to a bench player would be a rude awakening for the 24-year old.
Wenger is no fool and with Samir Nasri committed to playing another season for the Gunners, he should convince Fabregas to stay as well. With the improvement of the young core of Arsenal as well as the signing of Ivory Coast striker, Gervinho and Nasri and Fabregas staying, Arsenal will have a chance to contend in the Premier League as long as they shore up their defense.
Speaking of that Wenger is starting to be more aggressive in the transfer season and is apparently trying to sign Phil Jagielka and Juan Mata according to the Guardian.
Once Wenger sits down with Fabregas after Arsenal comes back from Germany on a preseason trip he will be able to fix any lingering issues and convince Cesc his place is with Arsenal.