A squad player fitting into a rotation system with rest of the bit part players at Barcelona, waiting for an injury or a suspension to a star...
So Barcelona F.C have begun negotiations with Arsenal F.C for the acquisition of playmaker Cesc Fabregas. A 28 million pound bid hardly makes Arsene Wengers rejection of it a difficult decision, the bid is shockingly low, showing a clear sign of disrespect and under valuation of a player that has created most goals in the English Premier league for the last 4/5 years with 60 aassists. However the problem here is that Arsenal need Fabregas much more than Barcelona do. At Arsenal he is the chief playmaker, the first name on the team sheet, the captain, one of the most experienced players within the team even though he is only 24 years old. At Barcelona Fabregas would not be chief playmaker, he would struggle to even get into the first 11 and Xavi and Iniesta have made the centre of the park their own. They are the by far the best central midfielders in world football today whilst playing just behind them is either Sergio Busquests or Javier Mascherano, two excellent defensive midfielders that sit in front of the back four. Where does Fabregas fit into all of this?
The logical answer to that question is nowhere. He will be back up, a squad player fitting into a rotation system with the rest of the bit part players at Barcelona waiting for an injury or a suspension to a star player to get a rare opportunity to make an impact. In fact, if Fabregas was not so keen on returning to the Nou Camp, then Barcelona may not even be willing to spend money on a player that will not be part of the first eleven. This is evident by the amount of money they are willing to spend to gain the services of the Arsenal captain. They will not be made to pay over the odds for a player who will be mainly sitting on the bench, it just does not make any sense financially. History has also not been kind to players that have left Arsenal to join Barcelona in the past, they have failed miserably. Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars are the notable names that spring to mind. The first three failed to make any sort of impact at all, with them being subjected to sitting on the bench for the majority of the time they were at Barcelona. Overmars played a little more but failed to win a single trophy whilst turning out for the Catalan outfit, and of course received the career ending injury of his right knee shortly afterwards.
In theory the best outcome for all parties involved could be if Fabregas waits a couple more years at Arsenal, Xavi will at that point be 33 years old, past his best and with Fabregas entering the peak of his career at the age of 26 it could be the perfect moment for him to return to his boyhood club. Arsenal would almost certainly receive an offer in the region of 40 million pounds as Barcelona will now need Fabregas just as much as Arsenal do and Barcelona will be prepared to pay more for a player who will be going into the first team and not just sitting in the bench.