Former Arsenal FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hinted a possible return to the Emirates in future, while Inter Milan are plotting a move for Thomas Vermaelen.
Cesc Fabregas hints at a possible return
The Spanish midfielder, who joined Barcelona back in 2011 after one of the most talked about transfers in recent times, has had a good start to the season under new manager Gerardo Martino. The 26-year-old has already made 109 appearances for the Catalan giants, but has conceded that he could possibly return to Arsenal in future.
The upcoming Monday will mark 10-years since Fabregas made his debut for the Gunners and the Spaniard was emotional while talking about his former club.
“I’m sure they would give me the option to help out there. Sol Campbell is there at the moment. Dennis Bergkamp also went there two or three times a week to train when he was doing his coaching badges. It’s a great club in that sense.” – The former Arsenal captain said.
The Spaniard, who still follows Arsenal’s fortune as a fan of the club, was also delighted with the signing of Mesut Ozil and he believes that the German international will succeed at the club.
“If you have the chance to sign Mesut Ozil then you can’t let it pass you by.
“He wanted to play for Arsenal. Wenger won him over and when you have the chance with a player like that it doesn’t matter if you already have seven or eight who are similar, you have to take it.
“Ozil is the man who makes the difference in the final third. He will find so much space in the Premier League and he’s a player who with space kills you. His final pass is brilliant. And he will score more goals in England than he did in Spain. He is a spectacular signing.” – Fabregas added.
Fabregas also expressed his delight at the return of his former team mate Mathieu Flamini. He explained how the Frenchman would be the perfect fit for this Arsenal side and the huge impact he could have.
“That is what makes Arsenal special,’ he says. ‘Because if you saw Flamini play at Milan he is not the same player and yet he was doing the same thing but it was not valued the same way.
“Arsenal have players who have great movement and Mathieu interprets that very well. And he runs something like 13km every match, something incredible. I am happy he is back.” – Fabregas said.
Inter Milan interested in signing Thomas Vermaelen
Thomas Vermaelen lost his place in the starting eleven after his poor performances last season. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has become Arsene Wenger’s first choice central defensive pairing since their victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and it looks unlikely that Vermaelen will break into the side any time soon.
Reports from Italy suggest that Inter Milan are prepared to offer him an escape route in January. The 27-year-old, who joined the club back in 2009, has made only one appearance as a substitute in the league so far this season and reports suggest that a lot of clubs are monitoring his situation at the London club. Vermaelen will need regular first team action in order to retain his place in the Belgium side, where the likes of Vertonghen, van Buyten, Toby Alderweireld and Nicolas Lombaerts are pushing for a place in the starting eleven. With the World Cup looming large in the horizon, Vermaelen could look for a move away from Emirates.
The Belgium international has disclosed that he had talked with Arsene Wenger regarding the situation, and although he has refrained from revealing the details of his chat, Vermaelen has hinted that he could look for a move in January if things remain the same.
“I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary. January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure,” he told the Daily Mail. “People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not.
“I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.” – The Arsenal defender said in a recent interview.
Inter are expected to have a busy summer backed by their new owner ErickThohir. The Italian club has already shortlisted their prime targets in the January transfer window and Thomas Vermaelen is included in that list to strengthen their defence. But Arsenal are unlikely to sell him permanently as they don’t have too many back-ups for Koscielny and Mertesacker. A loan deal could be on the cards though and will suit all parties involved.