EXCLUSIVE: Why Fabregas won’t be joining Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

When Cesc Fabregas’ name popped up as a potential signing for Manchester United this summer, not much attention was paid to it given that he had only moved back to Barcelona two years ago.

But now that David Moyes has confirmed that United have submitted a bid to sign Fabregas, there is a possibility that the 26-year-old midfielder could follow Robin van Persie to Old Trafford.

But how likely is that move? The Peoples Person sat down with Lee, editor of LadyArse, to discuss the real potential of Fabregas’ move back to England.

So, Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United. Do you think it will ever happen.

I genuinely don’t. I know I thought van Persie to United would never happen as well but Fabregas is different. He arrived at Arsenal as a kid and has frequently spoken about how Arsene Wenger is like a father to him and is the reason he is the player he is today.

He has said before that the only two clubs he could see himself playing for are Arsenal and Barcelona. He’s not motivated by money, in fact he took a cut to join Barcelona.

Just watch his press conference after he left Arsenal to see what the club mean to him. He has spoken of two dreams – to make it at Barcelona and to win a trophy with Arsenal and having watched him closely since he was 16 [ten years] he tends to be true to his word.


I would be fairly certain that for as long as Wenger is at Arsenal, Fabregas will not play for another Premier League side.

What clause does Fabregas have with Arsenal? Will it definitely stop any move to United?

There have been varying reports of multiple clauses which don’t seem to work together. The popular opinion is that Arsenal have a buy back price and a first option, but they don’t go together. Say Arsenal had a buy back price of £30m and United offered £50m, it makes no sense Arsenal would be allowed to sign him for £30m.

Arsene Wenger said this week that we have a clause in there and the general thought is that should Barcelona accept a bid from another club, Arsenal will be notified and offered first refusal on the player at whatever the bid price is.

So Cesc says he isn’t leaving, Barcelona say he isn’t leaving and Wenger said he isn’t leaving. I don’t know where the *hint* is that he is leaving.

Why aren’t Arsenal making advances now that there is a hint he could leave Barcelona?

Wenger came out this week and said that as far as he is aware Fabregas will be at Barcelona for another year. We aren’t moving for him because he isn’t moving anywhere – if he was we’d know about it.

Fabregas has said at least twice this summer already he wants to stay at Barcelona and the club have said he’s not for sale. When Fabregas was at Arsenal and linked with Barcelona, each summer he said he was staying, he stayed.

So Cesc says he isn’t leaving, Barcelona say he isn’t leaving and Wenger said he isn’t leaving. I don’t know where the *hint* is that he is leaving.

I’m not going to talk about RVP but would Fabregas moving to United cut even deeper?

It certainly would but it would be a different kind of hurt. It’s hard to describe but the love Arsenal fans have for Fabregas goes beyond anything they had for van Persie. For many Arsenal fans, Fabregas is up there with Bergkamp and Henry. It’s inconceivable that he would go to United.

Fabregas said back in 2009 that he was a United fan before our Champions League clash. Some players praise their opposition but nobody says they are a fan of the opposition. What’s your take on that?

I honestly don’t think he meant it the way it’s being taken. He is a Barcelona and Arsenal fan. End of story.

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ian harris 07/19/2013 - 21:27

” Man U fans are brain dead idiots. ” We may well be. But United has won quite a bit in the past 9 years . How about your club ?

Kurt. 07/19/2013 - 19:47

Man U fans are brain dead idiots.

manU4eva 07/22/2013 - 15:01

brain dead idiots? seems like we still can do a better job than people with brains working?

Rufi 07/19/2013 - 18:01

For a united fan to claim arsenal fans are in denial and deluded about Cesc not joining united is hypocritical at best. Only up to a couple of weeks ago, they floorded every news source with claims that Ronaldo was desparate to “return home” to old traford. this only ended when the player himself made it clear at a news conference that he was staying put and very happy at the bernabeu! so yes you are hypocrites and you know it.

stewart 07/19/2013 - 17:34

we need a midfielder, and bale, if not cesc ( I want cesc) gyuodan from dortmand fits perfect.

mufc buy someone! buy me!! fml

Kul 07/19/2013 - 17:04

The United bid to me is nothing but Moyes showing that he means business; a psychological bid. I think Moyes understands the fans are expecting a world class signing. But everyone knows, including Man Utd, that Barcelona will not sell two of their top midfielders in the same season. Some may argue that Barcelona require the finances and a high offer can prize him away. But an offer of £25 million will automatically be matched by Arsenal if they knew he was available at that price. They would take him in a heartbeat with wages being no question. The same Man Utd would do if they knew Ronaldo was available at a good price. But the bid gives Man Utd fans hope that Moyes wants the best players at the club and that the club are actively seeking top players. Logically, the bid for Fabregas makes no sense but psychologically, it keeps the fans of Moyes back whIle I suppose he works on other targets.

I am also glad Mourinho did not come to Man Utd. He is too involved with the media, and uses the media as an advantage to unsettle players at other clubs. Sky Sports have also not helped with their numerous rumours of alleged “sky sources”. Although most seem to be correct, they have escalted the Rooney situation so they can put their foot over competition from BT Sports. People seem to always trust “Sky Sources”, but they have not been 100% correct in this transfer window.

ak47 07/19/2013 - 16:40

with all due respect to call this Exclusive is a bit idiotic on your part. It’s nothing but the opinion of an Arsenal fan, most of whom have become deluded of late, especially since RVP joined us.

Mickinho 07/19/2013 - 17:04

Nearly all that he said in the interview is based on fact, not his opinion.
The 1st option clause is not opinion, it is fact.
Barcelona and Fabregas and Wenger have all said in the past week he is staying at Barcelona. This is also a fact.
He has said before that the only two clubs he could see himself playing for are Arsenal and Barcelona. This is also fact.
I think you are the deluded one!

ferro 07/19/2013 - 16:36

Do we not also have a clause in which we get half of his transfer fee if sold. Then theres no difference in taking our thirty mil or manu offering sixty mil, except more paperwork.

noob 07/19/2013 - 16:28



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