Fabregas considering Barcelona future with Man Utd and Arsenal in the frame

Cesc Fabregas is to meet with Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova at the end of the La Liga season to discuss his future, with Manchester United among the teams watching the situation closely – but the player would prefer a return to Arsenal, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Fabregas is said to be unhappy that he has consistently been overlooked for a starting place in the Champions League, despite entering impressive showings domestically. And Fabregas is concerned about his place in the Spain national team ahead of next year’s World Cup, with the 26-year-old keen to solidify his spot under Vicente Del Bosque.

David Moyes is understood to be a fan of Fabregas but could face competition from Manchester City and Chelsea, while the player himself would prefer a return to Arsenal – and the Gunners do have a first refusal clause on Fabregas as part of the terms that took him to Barcelona in 2011.

Fabregas would likely cost Arsene Wenger’s side between £20m and £25m, and would see the continuation of a recent trend of Wenger re-signing his former stars. The manager has handed second spells at the club to Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry.

The midfielder has in the past revealed he would like to return to Arsenal one day and his unrest at the Nou Camp has led to speculation that day could be sooner rather than later, particularly because Fabregas does not want to damage his relationship with the Arsenal fans in the manner of former teammate Robin van Persie by turning out for another Premier League team.

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