Arsenal could beat Manchester United and Man City to the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, suggests former vice-chairman David Dein.
Arsenal may re-sign Cesc Fabregas from FC Barcelona in the summer transfer window, according to former vice-chairman David Dein in a report from the Metro.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for their ex-player, who played for the north London club from 2003 to 2011, but so too have Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.
However, upon being asked directly if Fabregas could return to Emirates Stadium, Dein responded: “You can never say never in football.”
“I know Arsene Wenger will try to improve the squad if he can.”
The 69 year-old is likely to retain an inside track on all things Arsenal – he remains a close friend of manager Arsene Wenger, and his son Darren Dein is Fabregas’ agent.
Dein’s words echo what Arsene Wenger said about the Spain midfielder in January.
“I’m not convinced that [Fabregas] won’t come back here one day,” said Wenger in the Guardian.
“He is really an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal and watches every game of Arsenal.
“But of course Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept that will come into it, especially with them having the best team in the world.”
Man Utd and Man City have typically been bigger spenders than Arsenal in recent seasons, but this summer the Gunners have additional funds at their disposal.
Arsenal are no longer hamstrung by the cost of stadium repayments as improved sponsorship deals which are front loaded allow them to enjoy a bigger transfer kitty than usual this summer.
Few Arsenal fans would complain if a hefty chunk of that was spent on their former skipper Cesc Fabregas.