Gunners ready to offer kings ransom to keep Emirates skipper.
Arsenal handed Cesc Fabregas an unprecedented £3 million ‘golden handcuffs’ payment and upped his wages by nearly 50 per cent to £110,000-a-week to keep him at the club, Goal.com UK can reveal today.
The incredible package, which is believed to have been formalised last summer after lengthy negotiations, was agreed to compensate the Spaniard for his relatively ‘below-par’ salary.
It made Fabregas the highest-paid player in Arsenal’s history and has given the club hope that he will once again ignore advances from the Continent this summer and stay at Emirates Stadium.
Goal.com UK understands that the board were so desperate to hang on to the player they signed from Barcelona at 16 that they finally sanctioned an unprecedented deal to not only increase his salary from £80,000-per-week to £110,000-a-week but also back-date his pay for two years to compensate him for being underpaid over that period compared to other elite Premier League players.
The result was the player received a one-off sum, equivalent to a signing-on-fee, of around £3m, which was effectively £1.5m, or £30,000-a-week, for each of those two years.
“Arsenal were so desperate to keep him,” said a boardroom source. “He has become the club’s talisman and the figurehead for the new generation. His status is similar to what Thierry Henry’s once was.
“Fabregas and his advisers know they have the club over both barrels.” (Goal.com)
Well this is indeed good news for Arsenal fans, if indeed it is accurate, and will hopefully allay fears of Barcelona swooping to re-capture the former Nou Camp midfielder. It seemed that such a deal was in the offing as Arsene Wenger clearly wanted to move to intervene in any potential offer from the Catalan giants.
It makes sense to try and get something signed before the World Cup given that the showpiece summer tournaments are infamous breeding grounds for club reps to get their hands on top talent. Cesc has continually tried to distance himself from the mounting speculation but I guess actions would speak louder than words and if such a deal was in place then it would show once and for all to Barca that the player has no interest in a return to La Liga.
Does this mean we have heard the end of this? No. Would this spell an end to the repeated ‘tapping-up’ attempts by the Champions League holders? No.