There is virtually no way Cesc Fabregas will join Manchester United this summer…
Ex-Premier League stars, and current Barcelona midfielders Javier Mascherano and Alex Song have dismissed claims that Cesc Fabregas will move to Manchester United, even if the club make a third bid, reports The Daily Mirror.
Javier Mascherano performed fantastically for Liverpool during the 2009/10 season, which earned him a move to the Spanish Champions.
He is convinced that Barcelona’s tie to his boyhood Catalan club is too strong for him ever to want to leave.
“But I could see him here training and he’s happy. He grew up in Barcelona and he feels the colours of the shirt,” The Argentine told FOX Sports Asia.
“It’s difficult when you grew up here to leave because Barcelona is a big team and a big city, where it’s really nice to live and his family is here.”
Fabregas moved back to Barcelona in 2011, returning to the club he left as a young teenager to join Arsenal. Los Cules were chasing the 26-year-old midfielder for a number of seasons, and finally got their man for a fee of around £35m. It seems unlikely that they would be willing to part with the Spanish playmaker just two years after capturing him, particularly considering that they sold Thiago to Bayern Munich earlier this transfer window.
With Xavi not getting any younger, Fabregas could well play a more central, important role for Barcelona as he enters the peak years of his career.
Former Arsenal team-mate Song agreed with Mascherano, and further played down the United speculation.
“I know him well and everything that’s been talked about is just speculation. He loves the club and the city and I think he wants to continue with Barca,” Song told sport.es.
United have had two bids rejected already for Fabregas, and the deal essentially looks dead in the water.