Arsenal to Swap Fábregas for Robinho?

Reports in Spain say that Arsenal have suggested to Real Madrid that if they want to get their hands on Cesc Fábregas they will have to send Robinho in the opposite direction.

Fábregas has been a declared target of Real Madrid for several months but they reportedly will not discuss a swap until they know the opinion of their new coach who they expect to appoint next week, probably Bernd Schuster.

The clubs were involved in a similar swap last season when Spaniard Reyes went to Madrid with Brazilian Julio Batista going in the opposite direction. Neither lived up to expectations and both clubs declined to take up the option to make the switch permanent.

Robinho arrived in Madrid in 2005 after sparkling in the Confederations Cup and was hailed as a worthy addition to the Galactico stuffed squad. But he has failed to live up to the hype since.

Whether he would be amenable to the switch is yet to be known. Many Brazilian players have a preconceived prejudice of England as a wet, cold country and its football as physical. But he’d have company at the Emirates Stadium with his national captain Gilberto Silva and prodigy Denilson already well settled at the club.

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5 responses to “Arsenal to Swap Fábregas for Robinho?

  1. el choripan

    Can’t see Wenger agreeing to this unless he’s going to Madrid himself – which pretty much seems to have been ruled out. Fabregas is the heart of the midfield, and however skillful Robinho may be, he could never fulfill that role.

  2. Agree it looks a bad swap without money coming to London as well. I’m not totally up on Arsenal so maybe it could be that Fábregas’ contract is winding down and he’s looked at the recent comings and goings and decided he wants out?

  3. el choripan

    Fabregas signed an eight-year (???!!) contract with Arsenal in 2006, so it’s all in Arsene’s hands…..

    http://www.arsenal.com/article.asp?thisNav=news&article=423044&cpid=703&title=Fabregas+-+My+delight+at+signing+long-term+contract

  4. Well then I’d agree that it would be bad business for Arsenal unless Madrid pack a load of cash in Robinho’s case.

    Or maybe Wenger sees in Robinho something of a certain French winger that didn’t really shine during his first big club move and just needed one of his famous makeovers?

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