The midfielder’s future at the Nou Camp is still in doubt.
Manchester United and Arsenal have been given new hope of signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas with the club’s vice-president admitting the Spaniard could leave.
The Fabregas saga has been a case of ‘will he, won’t he’ for some time, but the comments from Josep Bartomeu has breathed new life into the speculation the 26-year-old will return to the Premier League.
“Cesc will only leave the club if he himself wants to move on,” Bartomeu was quoted on goal.com.
The Spain international did indicate that he wanted to have more success at Barca, although has admitted that if the Catalans no longer required him then Fabregas would be open to a move back to England.
Currently it seems that neither the club nor the player want to commit to any concrete views on where the midfielder will be playing next season and are passing the buck to each other.
Although this is not much help to United or Fabregas’ former side Arsenal, it does give hope to the clubs that the Spaniard could join one of them in the summer.
The midfielder returned to the club where he trained as a youngster from the Gunners in 2011 for a mammoth £30m transfer fee.
However, a poll conducted by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo revealed that 79 percent of fans at the Nou Camp would allow the player to leave for 47m euros.
It’s likely that if either team wanted to land Fabregas then they would have to at least match that price, with the Barca star having scored 14 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions in 2012/13.
The midfielder, who has acted as false No.9 too this season, has earned 78 caps for his country along with two European Championship wins and a World Cup triumph.
Watch Fabregas put Benfica’s defence to the sword in the Champions League below: