The Spanish Midfield Maestro: Thiago Alcantara
London-based fee daily newspaper the Metro has claimed that Arsenal are prepared to finally let captain Cesc Fabregas leave the Emirates this summer, but only if Barcelona include star youngster Thiago Alcantara in any deal.
The Gunners' management and players are said to be fed up with all of the speculation linking Spanish midfielder Fabregas with a move back to the Nou Camp, where he did his football apprenticeship between 1997 and 2003. Manager Wenger in particular is said to be upset by the overtly public nature of the Catalans' pursuit of their No. 1 target.
But he is resigned to the fact that Fabregas wants to be guaranteed of winning silverware and feels that the most natural environment for his football career right now is the Camp Nou.
So the French manager is now looking at how he can replace his midfield maestro and has identified another Barcelona player as the answer: 20-year-old Thiago Alcantara.
Unfortunately for Wenger, Alcantara has been in stunning form in the lead-up to the 2011-12 season any many commentators on the game have suggested La Blaugrana would be crazy to let the Spaniard leave for England, even if he has only made 14 league appearances in two seasons.
As well as two brilliant goals last week against German giants Bayern Munich on their own turf, Alcantara has shone in this summer's European U21 Championships and is already being likened to current legend Andres Iniesta.
So Wenger may have to look elsewhere as he attempts to unearth the next Fabregas, a player capable of dictating the tempo of matches and providing a fulcrum for the Arsenal brand of positive, passing football.
Most recent updates:
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?