WTTGT Writer: Lewis Kyriacou
This is not news. This is not realistic. What it is, however, is an argument, and if you will care to join me, you might find this trail of thought interesting.
What would you pay for Xavi? Seriously. Have a go. One of the best central midfielders in the world, he has the vision of an eagle and can pass the ball through an eye of a needle. About £40m do you reckon? That’s only half that of what Cristiano Ronaldo cost, but only £6.5m less than Zidane cost at his peak. But they were both better goal-scorers. Best say £35m just to be safe. But wait, he’s 31. How many years would you say he has left of his prime? Two, maybe three if you’re lucky. Well that’s got to halve it, at least. £17.5m? But Henry was sold to Barcelona for £1m less and he was two years younger than Xavi is now? To be on the safe side shall we say £15m. Imagine offering Barcelona £15m for Xavi? You’d be laughed at!
Similarly what would you pay for Cesc Fabregas? At 24 years old, he’s ripe for selling; he is experienced enough to no longer be deemed raw potential, but young enough to be in the eve of his prime. So he’d be valued on ability alone. I suppose it boils down to is; is he as good as Xavi? You bet he is!
Over the last six seasons combined, Fabregas has contributed to 45 more goals (by scoring or assisting) than his Spanish team mate. With these statistics, I do wonder why Xavi remains ahead of Fabregas in the Spanish national team. Similarly, I’m sure that should Cesc return to Barcelona, he will be behind Xavi in Barcelona’s starting line-up. That’s one reason why they won’t pay the full value for Fabregas; who would pay £40m for a player to warm the bench?
This transfer saga has rumbled on for over 18 months. Cesc’s “speculated” return to the Catalan homeland seems to have been elevated to some kind of prophecy, where it sits in the room of Prophecies in the Ministry of Magic next to the one about Harry Potter and Voldemort… or something like that.
And there lies the problem. Barcelona are under the impression that they own Fabregas; his return is a thing of fairy-tales, existing outside of business. Well Barcelona don’t own him, he is contracted to Arsenal Football Club for years to come. We should only let him leave if they pay us respectable compensation. £40m probably is about right.
The Catalan club better get a move on. If we don’t sell Cesc soon the Champions League qualifier will be upon us, and Arsenal can’t afford to miss out on the revenue that Europe’s elite competition brings. It is imperative that Arsenal qualify, so if Fabregas is still here I would play him and let Barcelona suffer if he’s cup tied. We must look out for our interests, and not be emotionally blackmailed by Barcelona and their player’s public comments.
What I’m trying to get at is that as good a Xavi is, Cesc is more valuable because of his age as well as being far more productive. And all Barca’s “wear and tear” and “we want Cesc home” rubbish should not change the fact that he is a £40m player and we should accept nothing less (or £25m plus Xavi, but I’m not fussy).