Most Arsenal fans would prefer to see a defensive element added to the North London side’s midfield this summer, with the leading candidates thus far being former Gunner Alex Song and Bayer Leverkusen’s vice-captain Lars Bender.
But the opportunity to re-sign former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will be impossible for Arsene Wenger to ignore this summer, and there’s no doubt the Spaniard’s quality could be a game changer for the Emirates outfit.
The 27 year-old spent eight seasons with Arsenal, amassing 57 goals and 98 assists in 300 appearances from central midfield, before joining the Nou Camp ranks in summer 2011.
And despite a consistent return of 13 goals and 16 assists for Barca in all competitions this season, the 2010 World Cup winner has continually struggled to forge a regular role for himself with the Catalans over the last three years, often featuring as a secondary striker.
Resultantly, and with the La Liga runners-up planning wholesale changes in the coming window, Spanish publication Marca have claimed Fabregas will be made available for £45million this summer.
Whether the Emirates boss is prepared to fork out what would be a record-breaking sum on a former player remains to be seen – but he’d be wise to act quickly, with Manchester United the midfielder’s other likeliest suitors.