As another year of the Fabregas saga goes on I’m beginning to wonder if Barca really want to buy the midfielder. In previous transfer windows Arsenal made it clear that they would not sell their captain for any sort of money after spending 8 years in developing the player. However, it seems obvious that during this transfer window things have changed and they are willing to do business as soon as Barca offer them a reasonable money (£40 million seems to be the value in the current market). The Catalans made only one approach so far of £26million, which is laughable considering the ‘almighty’ Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill are apparently worth £18 million each and Alexis Sanchez (a player with one good season in Serie A behind him) was just bought for a fee that could rise up to £33 million.
There is logic to this however. Barca know that if they bought Fab now he would only be a substitute just like he is in the national team, where he loses out to Xavi and Iniesta. Considering Xavi is 30 it seems perfect for Barca to let Fabregas play for Arsenal at least another year or two when his contract will run down (4 years left) and buy him much cheaper. The constant interest coming from the Spanish giants is only supposed to disrupt the player and his relationship with the London club, which will also help to lower the price in the future, when he will be able to succeed Xavi. This hardly seems fair, but dirty games are part of football now and we just have to get used to them. The days when a player could play for one club and be loyal all his life are long gone (Gerrard one of the few exceptions).