The day we've all been waiting for is finally here: Cesc Fábregas is now a Barcelona player (again). The tedious transfer saga has come to its official end today, as the the Spaniard's transfer from Arsenal to Barça seems to be finalized for €34 million plus add-ons.
After almost three full years of speculation, Cesc finally returns to his childhood team and will get to play alongside friends Puyol and Piqué as a Blaugrana.
The fee pais by Barça is a fantastic price for the one of the world's best at scoring and assisting from the midfielder line, and Sandro Rosell and Pep Guardiola should be proud of what they're getting here for their money (and their troubles).
But other than the player itself, what else does this transfer bring with it?
Well, there are a few things Barça fans should be glad of for sure.
That's the very first thing we should all be glad of.
Yeah, I know it's hard to believe, but that means no more of what you're seeing on the picture to the left.
From this moment on, Cesc is a Barcelona player, so putting a Blaugrana jersey on him won't be considered funny anymore by Pepe Reina and Puyol.
But more than that, no more "Cesc Day", "Cesc Week" and all of the fodder Catalan newspapers fed us every single summer day for three years in a row now.
That also means no more "Cesc to Madrid" nonsense, either.
Yes, I'm talking to you, Marca and AS.
You just see Cesc with Piqué and Puyol laughing it up in that photo, don't you?
It's well known the three players are good palls, and all the "Moc-Moc"s and "Oooooooooooh"s we've seen them all doing in Twitter over and over again will surely be seen lots of times this season.
Another man that should be happy will be Pep Guardiola, who finally gets the man he wants to keep Barcelona's dominance rolling.
He failed with Ibra, Chygrinskiy and Hleb, but succeeded with Villa and Mascherano.
How will he do with Cesc?
Only time will tell.
But one thing's for sure: He'll be happy as hell he got his man.
Midfield Trio 1
Midfield Trio 2
Those are probably the two best midfield trios in the world right now.
And all six players included play for Pep Guardiola's 2011/12 Barcelona.
Which one would you take?
Tough, isn't it?
And I'm not even including Seydou Keita and Ibrahim Afellay, who could be very capable replacements themselves.
It's beginning to look like they're playing midfield Monopoly out there in the Camp Nou.
I have discussed this topic in depth before in another article, but in short: I believe he can play almost any position from the defense forward.
So here's a quick list on where Fabregas could be used:
Holding midfielder ("Busquets role")
Central midfielder ("Xavi/Iniesta role")
Box-to box midfielder ("Keita/Deco" role")
Attacking midfielder on the wing ("Dinho/Iniesta/Laudrup role")
And even the False '9' ("Messi role")
So basically, everywhere except as a pure striker. That's pretty good, if you ask me.
And Pep will surely reap the benefits of playing him all over the field for sure
This will be great news for FC Barcelona.
No more talking about Arsenal. Or about Arsene Wenger. Or about "Football transfer ethics," whatever that means.
No more of everything we've lived through this transfer window.
I think Arsenal will find it hard to get as much free press and publicity for their team like the one they've received from Barcelona and Cesc.
And if they get it, it'll be from winning titles, something that they're just not very used to doing, to be honest.
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