With Barcelona looking to rebuild after a season of disappointment, Guillem Balague is reporting that Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas has been made available for transfer. Arsenal could also be interested in bringing Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium.
Both clubs have been informed by Barcelona that a bid of £45 million would be enough to secure Fabregas’s return to the Premier League.
A protracted transfer saga last summer saw Fabregas repeatedly linked to Manchester United, who apparently retain an interest in the midfielder despite a change in manager.
Fabregas has been a slight disappointment since moving to Barcelona for £30 million in 2011. He struggled when used in Xavi’s deeper role but profited when used as an understudy to Iniesta. Problematically for Fabregas, Iniesta is still, without a doubt, a first choice player at Barcelona.
An issue last summer was Barcelona’s supposed reticence to lose a player with the famed ‘Barcelona DNA’, but clearly this is considered less of an issue under the new manager Luis Enrique.
Guillem Balague is reporting that Barcelona are open to offers for former Liverpool man Javier Mascherano, which could put Liverpool and Arsenal on red alert.
Mascherano joined Barcelona a few years ago from Liverpool, and has played regularly for Barça since, primarily in the centre of defence. Luis Enrique’s arrival has apparently called an end to his time at the Nou Camp, however, with Los Blaugranas seeking to move him on. At times this season, his unnaturalness in defence has been obvious, with the Catalan side regularly shipping goals against the weaker sides in the league.
Arsenal could see Mascherano as the answer to a problematic situation which could see several defensive minded players leave the club.
Barcelona are also apparently open to offers for Dani Alves, Adriano, Alexis Sanchez (who scored a world class strike against Atletico at the weekend) and Pedro, who is one of few players to emerge from their season with credit.
James Milner’s sudden desire to leave Manchester City has put both Arsenal and Liverpool on alert, with both sides expressing an interest in the England international, according to The Times. His desire to move stems from him finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season, with Pellegrini favouring other players to him.
With UEFA tightening their restrictions on City next season, including a need for eight homegrown talents in their shrunken 21-man Champions League squad, City are not particularly keen to lose a player who has developed into an incredibly versatile asset in the City squad.
Liverpool have lacked a player of Milner’s style in midfield, and this was symbolised by the manner in which they were repeatedly overrun after the sending off and subsequent suspension of Jordan Henderson during their clash with City.
Milner will take part in England’s World Cup efforts this summer. He is highly rated by manager Roy Hodgson, but Hodgson would find Milner’s selection ahead of other players who’ve played more football criticised.