Fabregas rumours heating up, after Wigan extinguish Arsenal fire

It looks like Barcelona are not only facing a tug of war with Real Madrid for the La Liga crown, but also for the services of Cesc Fabregas this summer, with rumours rife that a meeting between his father and Florentino Perez has taken place, starting to circulate in the Spanish press.

Fabregas has been consistently linked with a move back to Catalonia in the summer, as Arsenal look to end another season empty handed, but Real have emerged as serious contenders for his signature, as they look to throw money at their side which has again fallen short of its expectations for this campaign.

It is believed that Fabregas Snr attended the La Liga clash with Valencia on Sunday, before holding talks with Perez, and that Madrid are now poised to bid £60million for the midfielder in the summer, a move likely to start a bidding war with Barca, who have been linked with him for the past two seasons.

I think it would make more sense for Fabregas to head to Madrid, as he would walk straight into the side, whereas at Barca there is always the chance that he’ll be playing second fiddle to Xavi and Iniesta.

A great player no doubt, but whether or not he is on their level just yet I’m not sure, as he struggles to get in the Spain side as it is at the moment when those two are fit.

It could be an interesting summer for the two Spanish giants, especially if Barca lose out in the title race and Champion’s League, which is a possibility after letting Madrid back in the title race at the weekend and losing to Inter 3-1 last night.

I can’t see Fabregas waiting around at Arsenal much longer as they continue to miss out on silverwear season after season.

It’s likely that his father and agents are sounding out both clubs to see where he’ll get the best deal, as to me it looks as though his heart is set on being in Spain and not the Premier League.

If I had to put money on it though, I think he’ll be playing at Barca next season, as the temptation of playing for his boyhood club again will probably be the factor that sways the Spaniards decision.

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Real close gap at top- Weekend Round-Up

Real Madrid close the gap at the top of La Liga to just one point, following their 2-0 win over Valencia and Barcelona’s 0-0 draw in Saturday’s catalan derby with Espanyol at the Nou Camp.

Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo either side of half time proved enough for Real to overcome Valencia, and give themselves a strong chance of winning the title just a week on from “El Clasico” disappointment, as Barca still have to negotiate tough trips to Villarreal and Sevilla in the run-in.

With five games remaining, Barca will have to re-discover their recent hot run of form against bottom side Xerez this weekend, which deserted them during the bore draw with Espanyol on Saturday.

Malaga now sit just one point above the relegation zone, as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to fellow strugglers Valladolid, whilst Tenerife below them scored an impressive 3-2 victory over Getafe.

Bottom side Xerez held Racing Santander to a 2-2 draw, as they continued their good run of form, which is likely to have come just too late to dig them out of trouble.

In the race for fourth, Sevilla took apart Sporting Gijon 3-0, thanks to goals from Freddie Kanoute, Luis Fabiano and Cala. They are one point behind Mallorca, who beat Osasuna 2-0 on Monday night and still hold the initiative for the fourth Champion’s League spot.

Villarreal beat a jaded Atletico Madrid 2-1, as the Madrid side now look to have sacrificed any league form they once had for their Europa League campaign, with a semi-final against Liverpool coming up this week.

The other two Primera Division clashes didn’t set the pulse racing, with a 0-0 draw between Deportivo and Almeria, and another goal-shy clash, this time involving Athletic Bilbao and Real Zaragoza.

Shock wins for Tenerife, Valladolid and Xerez- La Liga Midweek Round-up

The bottom three in La Liga all pulled off impressive wins on Matchday 32, as each side battles to preserve their Primera Division status, coming into the final few fixtures of the campaign.

With only six games remaining Tenerife, Valladolid and Xerez all picked up another three points in their bid for survival and now the gap between Malaga in 17th and Tenerife in 18th stands at just three points, giving a few other sides above them a cause for concern.

Xerez, who have hit a good run of form in recent weeks by picking up 11 points from their last six games, continued their purple patch by upsetting Europa League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid 2-1 away from home with goals from Mario Bermejo and Emiliano Armenteros.

Tenerife scored two late goals to win 2-0 away at Sporting Gijon, and now look the more likely out of the three to survive.

Valladolid saw off out of sorts Sevilla 2-1 at the Jose Zorrilla, thanks to strikes from Diego Castro and Manucho, with Cala’s stunning 25-yard strike coming to late to salvage anything for the visitors.

Sevilla are now going to face a struggle to claim fourth place, with Mallorca a point clear of them following a 1-1 draw at Zaragoza.

At the top Barcelona remain three points clear of Real Madrid after coasting to a 3-0 victory over Deportivo at the Nou Camp, with Pedro scoring the pick of the goals from 40 yards. Real also won their fixture, but made hard work of it as they overcame Almeria 2-1, with Cristiano Ronaldo on the score sheet with a brilliant solo effort.

Meanwhile Valencia strengthened their case for third spot with an easy 2-0 over Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla.

Elsewhere Malaga and Osasuna played out an exciting 2-2 draw, Racing Santander beat Espanyol 3-1 and Getafe brushed aside Villarreal 3-0.

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With the World Cup in South Africa just weeks away, the time has come for you to put yourself in Vincent Del Bosque’s shoes and name your own 23-man Spain squad using the polls below. When Del Bosque chooses his squad, I will put up the La Liga Base viewer’s selection to see how it matches up. Vote now.