FC Barcelona playmaker Cesc Fabregas wants talks with Tito Vilanova as Arsenal, Man Utd and Manchester City consider transfer bids.
Cesc Fabregas has asked FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova for crunch talks on his future, according to Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo, with transfer rumours in heavy circulation linking him with former club Arsenal, Manchester United or Man City.
The Spain international made 30 starts for Barca this season in La Liga – more than any player other than goalkeeper Victor Valdes – but there remains a sense that he is yet to find his best position at Camp Nou.
Fabregas has played centre forward, on both wings, and in both attacking and central midfield, and further reinforcement for Barca could result in him losing his place altogether.
The signing of Neymar from Santos is the first sign that Fabregas’ slot in the starting XI is already under threat.
The Brazil sensation is likely to play to Lionel Messi’s left, meaning that Andres Iniesta will more often than not be deployed in central midfield.
Despite twelve goals and eleven assists in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League this season, Fabregas would likely be the man to miss out, and it is little surprise that he is seeking discussions on his likely role in the side.
Booed by Barcelona fans on occasion, and often dropped for the big games – particularly in the second half of the campaign – El Mundo Deportivo report that Vilanova views Fabregas as technically brilliant but dispensable.
“I think at the moment he’s lacking the confidence of being a regular player,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last night.
“Recently he has not been that.
“Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game.
“That’s what he misses. When you come in and out you never play with full confidence.”