Yet another twist in the Cesc Fabregas saga. Barcelona’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta would have you believe that speculation surrounding the former Arsenal captain is coming to an end, but whether that’s true or not remains to be seen.
Following a pre-season friendly in Israel, Zubizarreta told the press that United have withdrawn their interest in Fabregas:
“We count on Cesc, we’re delighted to have him. United said they understand our position and won’t try any longer.”
However founder of United We Stand and respected journalist Andy Mitten says that’s not the case and that our position is unchanged meaning Fabregas is still Moyes’ number one target. Zubizarreta made this conclusion himself because Barcelona have not received a bid since rejecting our last, but it is believed there’s another offer on the way in the coming days.
Line coming out of Barça is they think MUFC have withdrawn interest in Fabregas. That’s not true. MUFC position unchanged. He’s no.1 target.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) August 4, 2013
It seems like every day a Barcelona official goes public to say Fabregas will remain at the club. Today it will probably be one of his teammates. Although, I came across an article yesterday from an FC Barcelona blog and found it rather interesting. It suggests that the Spanish giants are annoyed with Fabregas. The 26-year-old midfielder communicated privately to the sports management that he has no intention of moving but for some reason, nobody seems to believe him. They want him to use one of his social networks to release a statement which would put a stop to all the speculation, but it doesn’t appear as if he wants to do that.
I said the same about Wayne Rooney not too long ago. It was being reported that he felt the fans would turn against him but if he was really worried about that he would have done something about it. Rooney has been using social media for a while now and something like this only takes a few touches of a smart phone. Or he could just ring up Paul Stretford and tell that troll to stop feeding the press with shite.
Some footballers like to let things drag on. We all remember the Cristiano Ronaldo saga in 2009 and all the drama that came hand-in-hand with the Wesley Sneijder speculation. However I can imagine this being a much more complicated situation for Fabregas after all he went through to leave Arsenal for Catalonia two years ago. I don’t think he’ll get much of a look in at the Nou Camp and I’m sure he has plans to make the Spanish squad for the World Cup next summer.
All I’m really saying is that he still hasn’t ruled out a move to Manchester United, and these stories have been doing the rounds for weeks. Ed Woodward must be sniffing something out.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph claim Chelsea had another bid rejected for Rooney.
The fee, believed to be in the region of £25 million, was instantly dismissed by United. And it doesn’t appear that Jose Mourinho will take no as an answer.
Rooney, who is said to be angry at United’s stance, is set to hand in another transfer request. Surprise surprise. A number of fans forgave him after what happened in 2010, so this must be a major slap into face for them. Unfortunately, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect it down the line. “Once a blue, always a
twat…” and all that.
Moyes could do without this cloud hanging over his head. The sooner we get it over and done with, the better.