The Manchester United fans in Power Tower are buzzing around the office today at the thought of potentially signing Cesc Fabregas and sticking another two fingers up to Arsene Wenger.
The Spanish play-maker spent eight years at Arsenal before heading back to Barcelona where we had been through the youth system. But two years later and Fabregas still hasn’t established himself as a first team player, amidst reports that he’s eyeing up a move away.
David Moyes could be eyeing him up to strengthen United’s midfield which is buckling under the weight of Anderson’s waist line. Darren Fletcher is still struggling with illness, Paul Scholes has definitely retired this time and Tom Cleverley arguably didn’t up to the hype. Expect @cesc4official to get plenty of abuse and a scathing nickname off Piers Morgan if he does end up at Old Trafford.
Although the Spaniard is not necessarily a regular in Barcelona’s side, the stats still show what a talent he is and why he’d be a great signing in the Premier League.
- Fabregas played 2186 passes this season, an average of more than 70 a game.
- He had an 88.5 per cent pass success rate in La Liga.
- Cesc was Barcelona’s second highest goalscorer this year with 10 La Liga goals. That’s the same amount Mario Gotze bagged for Borussia Dortmund in Germany and one more than Mesut Ozil scored for Real Madrid.
- Just eight players in Europe have more assists than Fabregas this year.
- Fabregas took 49 shots this season giving him a 20 per cent success rate in front of goal. Frank Lampard had a 19 per cent strike rate in the Premier League, Robin van Persie had an 18 per cent strike rate and Luis Suarez had just a 12 per cent success rate.
- If you took away Fabregas’ goals and assists, Barcelona would be 13 points worse off in the league this season.
- Fabregas was deployed as a striker on nine occasions in the league, scoring four goals and setting up three when he played up front.
Cesc could head back to the Emirates and continue the Gunners’ long tradition of not winning things. Arsenal have first refusal if Fabregas is to be sold but you’d expect the World Cup and European Championship winner to be after something more than celebrating a top four finish.
If there is decent money being knocked around expect Manchester City, PSG and Monaco to throw their names into the hat. The three big spending sides won’t be shy in getting out the cheque-book for Cesc. A reunion with Pep Guardiola could be on the cards as well, with Champions League Champions Bayern Munich interested in strengthening their squad.
Cesc Fabregas’ next permanent club
7/4 Manchester United
9/1 Bayern Munich
14/1 Manchester City
14/1 Borussia Dortmund