Spain News: Fabregas losing focus?

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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With domestic football all but placed in the closet for the summer, and the FIFA World Cup on the horizon, are we right to assume that some players may have one eye on a summer move abroad instead of concentrating solely on their preparations ahead of the finals in South Africa, which, lets remind ourselves, is only 23 days away from bursting into life.

 

The summer transfer market isn’t even open yet and already the big clubs, those with deep pockets, are asserting themselves, with rumours about specific players rife over a potential summer switch. The latest, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas of Spain potential moves to Barcelona. We think it’s fair to say that David Villa’s club, Valencia, were expecting their talismanic striker to move to pastures new any time soon anyway, with the club crippled with debt and desperate to take advantage of Villa’s excessively high price tag, but for Cesc Fabregas it’s a little more bewildering.

Earlier this week, Cesc Fabregas made some rather bold comments hinting that he wanted a move to his former club Barcelona sometime in the future. Quotes which won’t have pleased Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a great deal. However, the worst was yet to come for the French manager, as shortly after a vigilant Pep Guardiola and Barcelona were weighing up a big money move for the influential Arsenal play-maker, with the Catalan side now heavily linked with an offer for their former wonder-kid. What later followed was the real shocker, as reports suggest that Fabregas himself has asked to leave Arsenal in England for Barcelona and Sunny Spain.

Now, here is where the plot thickens and the saga becomes intriguing. Arsenal Wenger, and rightly so, doesn’t want to see the Spanish maestro leave The Emirates and the Frenchman will be doing everything within his power to keep hold of arguably his most influential player. While no official move has been tabled as of yet for the Arsenal skipper, the fact Cesc Fabregas has seemingly manufactured a transfer bid from Barcelona all on his own could lead to one very depleted Spanish midfielder should the move fall through. Put it this way, Arsenal won’t let Fabregas go for cheap, with reports suggesting Arsene Wenger wants a minimum of £30 Million for his inspirational captain, and while Fabregas apparently desperately wants out of Arsenal, until Arsenal get their extravagent price, Fabregas won’t be going anywhere. In the meantime, Guardiola will begin to look elsewhere at possible cheaper alternatives, with Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) likely to leave Barcelona in the summer and Iniesta’s persistent injuries leaving Guardiola with no choice but to purchase a classy midfielder and while there are few like Cesc Fabregas about, there’s every possibility that Barca, considering they are ready to shell out around £35,000,000 for David Villa, could opt for something less expensive.

Personally, we would love for this deal to fall through, not least so we can be blessed with Fabregas’ presence and magic next season in the English Premier League. However, it could have an adverse affect on his performances during the World Cup finals, and with Iniesta having an injury plagued season and still not back to full fitness, Fabregas is expected to play an integral part over the summer for Spain.

Right at the start of the season Javier Mascherano (Argentina) was rumoured to be on his way to Barcelona from Liverpool. That deal collapsed, although we’re unaware as to the reasons why, but earlier this week Mascherano came out and publicly said that the transfer speculation involving himself and Barcelona was a distraction from his work in England and that the disappointment of not making the switch upset his rhythm, his morale and his performances. We know for sure that Fabregas is dreaming of a move back to his childhood club as he hasn’t stopped commenting about it, but if Barcelona do pull out, as they did with Mascherano last summer, or Arsenal decide the player simply isn’t for sale at any price, just how disgruntled and upset will the Spanish midfielder be? And will his frame of mind be appropriate for a World Cup?

 

If you add Cesc Fabregas‘ wavering focus into a mix consisting of injuries to prolific striker Fernando Torres and schemer Iniesta in midfield, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque could have a lot more on his plate than first thought. Granted the strength of depth within the Spanish ranks is outstanding, but you can’t build team chemistry overnight and the players mentioned are all a key part of the Del Bosque’s Spanish system. At the short odds of 4/1(General) to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we would rather watch this space than delve into our pockets.



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