Just a couple of years ago, Cesc Fabregas was ready to play his part in one of the best sides in global football having finally secured a move to his hometown side Barcelona from Arsenal.
But after just 24 months at the Nou Camp, Fabregas could be about to shock the world with a move back to the Emirates and Arsenal.
It’s thought that Arsenal are ready to use their £25m first option clause to buy the Spaniard who is having some personal doubts about his long term future at the club.
Despite starting many times for Barcelona in the league, the midfielder has often been relegated to the subs bench in several of the team’s big matches.
This has led to Fabregas believing that Barca manager Tito Villanova not seeing Fabregas as a key part of the squad.
If Arsenal were to complete a deal for Fabregas, it would solve their search for a midfielder which has seen them linked with several top players such as Marouane Fellaini and Gareth Barry.
It’s unlikely though that Arsenal will have an easy fight to bring Fabregas back as Barcelona will be keen to hold onto a player that still does feature quite heavily in their first team.
After all, the creative midfielder made 32 appearances in La Liga last season scoring 11 goals and notching up 11 assists.
Alongside that, Fabregas also played an important role for the Spanish national team having made 8 appearances and scoring 2 since the start of the year.
But Arsenal will undoubtedly always seem like an attractive proposition to the Spaniard considering what he achieved with The Gunners.
Fabregas made 303 appearances for Arsenal during his 8 years at the club where he won the FA Cup in 2005 and was also captain of the side for 3 years up until he departed the club.
He also holds several club records at The Emirates Stadium including being the youngest player to appear and score for Arsenal in any competition.
With Arsenal’s patient passing game still very similar to that of Barcelona, it’s likely that Cesc would not feel out of place should he decide to move back to his former club.
But with no formal approach being made yet by Arsenal, a return to The Emirates Stadium still seems a long way off for Fabregas who still very much remains a Barcelona player.