Arsenal have reportedly informed FC Barcelona they will not use their buy-back option on former player Cesc Fabregas.
BBC reports, the Gunners inserted the clause when selling Fabregas to Barcelona and were given first refusal after the Catalans decided he could leave.
It is understood that the 27-year-old was keen to return to the Emirates but Arsene Wenger is not looking to recruit another creative midfielder.
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s record-signing, arrived last summer and is seen as a similar player to the Spaniard. In addition, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are all in Wenger’s plans.
According to BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal’s priorities are to bring in a world-class striker, a right-back to replace Bacary Sagna and second-choice goalkeeper to replace Lukasz Fabianski.
This may open Fabregas’ move to Chelsea, after Jose Mourinho has publically stated he is monitoring the player’s situation.
Meanwhile, Manchester United, who reportedly had two Fabregas bids rejected last summer, are also monitoring the situation, but Louis van Gaal is believed to have other transfer targets.
Fabregas is part of the Spain squad set to begin their defence of the World Cup against the Netherlands on 13 June.
Do you think Fabregas could help Arsenal? Have your say in the comment section below.