After completing his move to Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011, Cesc Fabregas has often found himself lower down the pecking order than he may have hoped for. However, he may be about to make a return to the Emirates as Arsenal are preparing to exercise their first-option clause should Barcelona be willing to part company with the Spanish midfielder.
He is currently on holiday after competing in the Confederations Cup for Spain, but it has been a frustrating season for the 26-year-old. However he still featured in 48 games and scored 14 goals in all competitions, so he is still very much an important player for Barcelona.
Fabregas left Barcelona to join Arsenal in 2003 aged just 16, however he had always made it known that he wished to play for Barcelona once again. Unfortunately for Cesc, it hasn’t quite been the reunion he was hoping for. He has insisted that he wishes to stay at the Nou Camp, however it may be hard to see where exactly he fits into Tito Vilanova’s plans.
When Arsenal sold Fabregas, they added a £25m first-option clause to deal, meaning that should be become available, Arsenal will get first-refusal for the Spaniard for £25m. Barcelona had been pursuing Fabregas for several seasons before finally landing their man, so it will be unlikely they will be willing to get rid of him so easily, but if that does happen, Arsenal will take advantage of such a scenario and bring him back to England.