Cesc Fabregas linked with Premier League return as Barcelona weighs options


At least it’s not Arsenal this time, but Marca has yet again said Barcelona are putting Cesc Fabregas up for sale this summer, with the club headed in a new direction.

The report states that the club is hoping they receive a “succulent offer” of around $55 million, but if they don’t, he’s not a must-sell.

Manchester United heads the list of Premier League clubs interested, with Barcelona looking to Paul Pogba for a possible replacement.

After making 36 La Liga appearances for Barcelona this past year, and nine in the Champions League, Fabregas clearly was a critical part of Tata Martino’s plans in the midfield.  However, his numbers for a Nou Camp midfielder were quite underwhelming throughout the season.

Barcelona, known for its pinpoint control of games, would require better than an 87% passing accuracy, 42% take-on success rate, and 34% tackle success rate.  The passing accuracy was just sixth among Barcelona midfielders with more than 15 appearances this season.

Now, with the club in the midst of a relatively sizeable overhaul, it makes at least a little sense that the Catalans would be willing to part with their midfielder, or anybody aside from the indispensable Lionel Messi, for that matter.

Much has yet to be decided at Barcelona, and the report makes that clear, as apparently a number of squad players such as Javier Macherano, Alex Song, Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, and Dani Alves are all available to be sold. The club will decide on who to sell based on who garners the most interest in the marketplace and move from there.

However, still at just 27 years old, Fabregas is in the prime of his career and the report states he still has yet to sit down with new manager Luis Enrique about his plans, so rumors of his exit from the Nou Camp at this stage are quite premature.

Still, it wouldn’t be a summer without a Cesc Fabregas rumor, so here you are.

Memphis jersey biggest seller in Premier League

during the Barclays Premier League match between XXX and XXX on September 26, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Memphis Depay‘s name has been printed on more Premier League jerseys than anybody else.

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According to Kitbag.com, the Manchester United winger is the biggest climber on their top 10 list and fans have flocked to have “Memphis” printed on the back of their United jerseys.

The Dutch winger, 21, has had an up-and-down start to life at Old Trafford but that is not detracting fans from having Memphis, the name he prefers, emblazoned on the back of their shirts. Folks from an unnamed city in Tennessee, have you been buying lots of jerseys on the internet? No doubt the number of United fans in that region has sky-rocketed in the last few months. No doubt.

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Anyway, below is the list of the top 10 players name printed by Kitbag.

Top 10 selling jerseys worldwide

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
3. Memphis Depay – Manchester United
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United
5. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
6. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
7. Neymar – Barcelona
8. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
9. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
10. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

New Arsenal contracts on the way for Alexis, Ozil

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both in line to be handed new contracts by Arsenal.

The attacking duo, who have been in fine form in recent weeks after slow starts to the season, both have current deals which run until 2018 but the Gunners are said to be keen on locking the attacking midfielders down to contract extensions.

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According to the Daily Mail, Sanchez is set to become Arsenal’s top earner with a new deal on the table in excess of $220,000.

Sanchez is currently being paid $197,000 per week but is not the highest paid player at the Emirates, with Ozil taking that mantle and earning a cool $215,000 a week. Speaking of Ozil, talks over a new deal for him are also being prepared by Arsene Wenger and club officials with the German playmaker finally showing consistency this season, which is his third campaign in the Premier League following his $63 million move from Real Madrid in 2013.

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Sanchez, 26, missed most of Arsenal’s preseason after winning the 2015 Copa America with Chile on home soil this summer, but he is now back in his groove and the former Barcelona forward has scored five goals in his last two PL games and seven times in his last four outings for club and country.

Ozil scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United in Arsenal’s recent 3-0 win, as Ozil and Sanchez ripped United’s defense apart in a stunning 19-minute spell at the beginning of the match.

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With Theo Walcott locked down to a new long-term contract in the summer, Wenger now looks to have found his go-to front three as Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil possess a superb combination of pace, power and trickery. It’s no surprise to hear reports about new deals being prepared for Sanchez and Ozil, as the duo have that extra bit of class which has seen the Gunners win back-to-back FA Cups and comfortably finish in the top four of the PL.

Now, can they kick on and contend for the title this season? If Sanchez and Ozil stay fit and in-form, there’s no reason why not.