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The magic of Cesc Fabregas

If and when the deal to take Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona is finalised, it will bring to an end one of the longest-running transfer sagas in Premier League history.

But while Fabregas will revel in returning to his boyhood club and Barca hail the homecoming of a player they produced, the 24-year-old is sure to be sorely missed by the team and country he departs.

Fabregas arrived in England eight years ago known by precious few outside Catalonia. He leaves as one of the most celebrated footballers on the planet.

Undoubtedly one of Arsene Wenger's greatest signings, Fabregas scored 57 goals in 303 appearances and has established himself among the finest playmakers in recent memory.

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