Transfer news: Will Barcelona allow Cesc Fabregas to leave for Manchester United or Arsenal?

The Spain midfielder is the subject of a £26m bid

Manchester United have made a £26m bid for Cesc Fabregas which has left Barcelona with a decision to make - are they prepared to part with the Spain international?

While Fabregas wants to remain at the Nou Camp, it's understood he will be guided by the club. Should they accept the £26m offer - or an improved one - it will say much about how they view him. The 26-year-old would be open to a return to the Premier League if they agree a deal.

But will Barcelona agree to sell him? We take a look at the factors involved...

 

Midfield options

Manchester United had been in pursuit of another Barcelona midfielder before making a bid for Fabregas. However, Thiago Alcantara opted to move to Bayern Munich instead. The fact Barcelona have already lost one key central midfielder this summer will make them reluctant to let another one leave.

 

A key player

Fabregas is viewed with nowhere near the same affection as he was at Arsenal - however, suggestions that he is a fringe player at the Nou Camp are wide of the mark. He has played 96 times in two seasons, including 60 league games. Although he has rarely featured in his preferred midfield role due to the performances of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

 

What does Fabregas want?

Fabregas told reporters earlier this summer: "if someone says anything that isn’t that I want to play at Barca, it’s completely absurd."

That is true, though there is the caveat that if the Catalan side wish him to go then he is willing to do so, in his pursuit of regular football to enhance his prospects for next summer’s World Cup campaign with Spain.

Coach Tito Vilanova has said: "I'm aware there have been offers, I had a conversation with him and he told me that he wanted to continue here and that he didn't want to go to another big club. He wants to succeed here."

 

Not a selling club

Former manager Pep Guardiola said this summer that "no player wants to leave Barcelona". The decision over whether players leave is left to the club and the Catalan side are almost never forced into anything they don't want to do. Last January it became clear a number of clubs were interested in David Villa - however Barcelona decided they couldn't do without the striker and rebuffed all interest. This summer, they signed Neymar and consequently allowed Villa to move on. Barcelona will only sell if they want to.

 

Inside sources

Various reports have quoted a Barcelona source as saying "the player is not transferable". Not particular encouraging for his pursuers, although such words are not always a signal that a transfer is impossible.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders