Barcelona are willing to listen to offers in excess of €40 million for Cesc Fabregas this summer, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The reports suggest Barcelona do not necessarily want to sell Fabregas but are open to offers to see what price they could get for him with a view to bringing in someone like Paul Pogba as a replacement.
It has to be said that reports from Marca tend to take a pro-Real Madrid slant so the reports may be an attempt to kick Barcelona when they’re down after this season, but there are reasons to suggest Barcelona would at least be willing to entertain offers.
Fabregas has been slammed at various points this season by both the fans and press for his style of play and has been accused of being lazy, something which riled him, so don’t be surprised if these rumours continue all summer long once again.
As for the validity of the reports, Sir Alex Ferguson certainly wasn’t a lover of MARCA as in 2008. He accused them of being Madrid’s “vehicle to unsettle players” amid the Cristiano Ronaldo saga.
“You get used to Madrid’s performances on these things,” Ferguson said at the time.
“Calderón’s talking, [the coach Bernd] Schuster’s talking, they use Marca as their vehicle to unsettle players. The simple fact of the matter is Ronaldo has got another four years left on his contract and Calderón makes the great statement, ‘slavery was abolished many, many years ago’. Did they tell Franco that?”
Will Fabregas move? Just like last year, the possibility seems plausible but it might be a repeat of all talk and no action like last summer. Maybe Fergie’s right, MARCA’s shi..