Arsenal: Fabregas/Rooney dilemma for Wenger
Arsene Wenger looks like he means business this summer. He has already been linked with Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, but there could be one man who he knows very well who could well slip through his fingers and make a sensational return to the Premier League. That man is former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Premier League champions Manchester United have targeted the Barcelona ace as the man they want to replace Paul Scholes. David Moyes has already had a £25m bid rebuffed by the Catalan giants, with the club stating that the Spaniard is not for sale at any price. But Tito Vilanova's shock exit has put Fabregas's future back in the spotlight - and United are prepared to break their transfer record in order to reunite him with former Gunners' hitman Robin van Persie.
Arsenal of course have first refusal on the man who said he'd only play for one Premier League club and can buy him back for £25 million if Barca do decide to cash in on their World Cup and European Championship winner, but would Wenger be willing to let David Moyes sign Fabregas if it meant he could take Wayne Rooney to the Emirates?
The Manchester United and England striker looks to have called time on his United career and Arsenal and Chelsea are closely monitoring the situation. There's no doubt that Rooney is a top class talent. Nobody loves the game more than the former Everton man and he certainly wouldn't play second fiddle to anyone at the Emirates. Rooney has bags of energy, is a great team player, knows where the goals are and, more importantly, is a born winner. Can you imagine a team with Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott and Rooney? His arrival would be a huge signal of intent from Wenger that the Gunners mean business once again.
Fabregas and Rooney are two very different players but either player would have a huge impact at the Emirates. Fabregas would be the returning hero, desperate to end the club's trophy drought, while Rooney would be the all-action hero, keen to prove his doubters wrong.
However, there is another force that could totally scupper Wenger's plans . . . Jose Mourinho and Chelsea. The Blues have already tabled a bid for Rooney and the former Real Madrid boss is telling everyone who will listen that Rooney would be much better off getting into bed with him at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea could give Rooney all the financial rewards he would ever desire, not to mention the chance of winning more silverware. If Arsenal are not careful they could lose out on both Fabregas and Rooney.
It is plain to see that Arsenal need to strengthen their squad and it looks as though the stubborn Frenchman has finally come round to the fans way of things. Wenger appears to be on the verge of splashing some serious cash this summer and building a squad really capable of challenging for honours. Whether Fabregas or Rooney will be part of that team remains to be seen.
Calling all Arsenal fans: Who would you rather sign? Would you rather Wenger brought Fabregas back to the Emirates or would you let your former captain join United in order to capture the signing of Wayne Rooney? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.
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