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Fabregas Saga Leads Barca Transfer Policy in New Direction

Sunday 7th August 2011
With the seemingly never-ending Cesc Fabregas transfer saga finally appearing close to reaching a very drawn-out and dramatic conclusion, Sandro Rosell and Barcelona may now have altered a fundamental part of their business after failing to prize the Catalan native away from Arsenal for such a long time. Under current Spanish law, many young players have been able to leave La Masia for professional contracts abroad, like Fabregas and fellow Barcelona products Ignasi Miquel, Hector Bellerin, and Jon Miquel Toral Harper just at Arsenal. This has been labelled by various Barcelona officials as “kidnapping,” “immoral,” “fishing,” etc, and much is made of the “Barcelona DNA” all who come through the youth academy have, and how their football education and love for the club leaves a lasting and indelible mark.

 Perhaps keeping in mind the difficulty in bringing the Arsenal captain back to Catalonia, Pep Guardiola's side have sold three promising young players to major European clubs- Bojan Krkic to Roma, Oriol Romeu to Chelsea, Jeffren Suarez to Sporting Lisbpm- but with inserted buyback clauses that give the club the right to purchase the player back after a certain amount of time. This clause was also mentioned in Thiago Alcantra's rumored move to Arsenal as a makeweight for Fabregas, and represents an interesting and different approach to youth talent in a roster stocked with seasoned talent. Barcelona are so successful on two fronts, current squad and youth development, that it is actually creating problems as there can only be eleven men on the pitch. The European Champions' squad simply doesn't have room for the younger players coming through the ranks, with many senior contributors like Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, and Pique still at the top of their game. By selling the players to competitive clubs like Chelsea and Roma, Barcelona are gaining money in the short term, and have the ability to wait and see if the player thrives with first team football in one of Europe's toughest leagues. In essence, this can almost be thought of as an advanced sort of loan deal, and may catch on at other clubs in the future.
Andrew McCarten

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