My shirt is Cesc(y)
The Cesc Fabregas saga is beginning to get on one’s nerves now. Every day there is an interview with some Barca player who desperately wants Cesc to join his team. Their sentiment is understandable as most of the Barca players come from Spain and also the fact that Fabregas joined Arsenal from the Barca academy around 7 years back. It’s also said that Fabregas is keen to move back to Spain for personal reasons. All legitimate reasons for a transfer, one feels.
Being an Arsenal supporter, it will be extremely sad to see Cesc move out. But if a player isn’t keen any more to play for a club, agreeing to a transfer may be the best way out. There are a few other small details to consider though. Arsenal has been looking at a far higher number than the GBP 29MM offered by Barcelona and in any case they have not been too keen to let their captain go away. Barcelona on its part has vowed that it won’t go much higher. Frankly one believes Cesc is worth much more than the current Barca offer.
Not that Barca has ability to bid higher. Barcelona has already signed David Villa and Adriano in 2010 and has budgetary constraints to have another high profile signing. The fact that Barcelona had to seek Bank loans to fund their short term obligations like player wages doesn’t help either.
What is beginning to rankle is that once Barca has realized that it can’t afford Cesc this season, all sort of emotional blackmail tactics have been used. Forcibly putting a Barcelona shirt on Fabregas during their World Cup celebrations (and why was the Liverpool keeper Reina involved is a interesting poser), Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Puyol and David Villa making tearful appeals to Cesc to join them were some notable ones.
This entire episode is beginning to sound like a tear jerker Saas Bahu soap where all characters keep on crying and plotting all the time but the story doesn’t move forward even by an inch.
The laest news reports claim that Cesc has agreed personal terms with Barcelona. Talk about people running ahead of themselves. It seems like a couple going out on their first date shopping for kids clothes.
One has an excellent suggestion for all those great Cesc pals in the Barcelona team. They should come forward and agree to take a pay cut over their remaining contract tenure and bridge that funding gap that Barca is currently struggling with. This will be a real story of friendship and camaraderie that will be retold across generations. If their wage cuts are not enough they can offer a part of their riches towards the same cause. One suspects that we may not see such an event unfold and is steeling one self to face more of the same in the near future. If only Real Madrid were involved. The world would not have to witness any such soap operas. Real would have just asked the local council to pick the tab