It is official, Francesc Fabregas, 24-year-old midfielder, has formally been transferred from Arsenal back to the club he grew up with, ending one of the most acrimonious, long-winded, frustrating, and stupefying transfer sagas in recent history. FC Barcelona announced the transfer just after halftime of the Supercopa first leg today, possibly in an attempt to troll the entire world, and if so, I say good on ya. I’m sorry for the lack of a zippy title, but all the analogies seemed redundant at this point, especially since they have all been used a dozen times and calling him the prodigal son rings too hollow for me anyway, and that story is stupid at even a skin deep glance.Pep has said in the presser following the first leg of the Supercopa that “we’ll see” if Cesc will play Wednesday.
The transfer is, in my opinion, a positive one. As I will be outlining more in my squad preview coming soon, I believe Cesc provides a number of positives including depth at all 3 midfield positions, yes, even the DM, because he can play there, though he’s not as solid as a defender as Busi or Masch. He’s also a proven playmaker and goalscorer as well as a player who knows the system, has a on field relationship with Pique, Puyol, Busi, Iniesta, Xavi, Villa, Pedro, and Valdes. Not to mention that he is very close friends with many of these players and will likely have little issue settling in or taking a role off the bench, which he has to know is coming.
The money is a question mark at this point and I know there are those who think the club overpaid, but I am of a different mind. Paying 29m up front for the best midfielder, or as close to it as we get, in the Barclay’s Premier League is a great deal. Even better when he is only 24 and can legitimately fit into the squad with very little issue. I see this as a very positive transfer providing depth and talent, while still not paying a huge premium for a player of his caliber. And I know the familiar refrain, that the team already has Xavi, and Iniesta, and Thiago, so why would it need Fabregas. Well, the simple fact is that Thiago and Cesc can, and likely will in almost every game, play different positions on the field, Iniesta has a long and storied history of injuries, and Xavi has the troubling concern of his achilles, an injury that if it is aggravated or torn would basically mean the end of his playing career. Not to mention Xavi’s age. So yes, I am happy with the move.
Fabregas has scored 57 goals while at Arsenal and has been a part of Spain’s European and World Cup championship teams. In the coming days Linda will have a post on the whole Cesc transfer saga, Euler will be posting on what we can expect tactically from Cesc, and I will be throwing up a preview of the squad itself, replete with possible lineups, changes, and the like. Isaiah will also be along with a season preview, so we’ve got you covered.