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Arsenal Set for ‘Key’ £52m Barcelona Swap Offer: Will Wenger Be Tempted by Yaya Toure Deal?

by Christian Bailey

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Yaya Toure’s agent claims that the defensive minded midfielder is ‘key’ to the future of Emirates captain Cesc Fabregas.

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Apr 14, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain - YAYA TOURE during the Spanish Liga match in which Barcelona beat RC Deportivo 3-0 at the Camp Nou stadium.

YAYA TOURE’S agent last night claimed the Ivory Coast midfielder’s transfer to Arsenal holds the key to Cesc Fabregas joining Barcelona.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in the brother of Kolo Toure.

But Dimitri Seluk said: “Arsene Wenger likes the player and Arsenal thinks the same. I think Toure can be part of the Cesc operation and Barcelona and Arsenal can come closer if Toure is included in the operation. He holds the key. If the conditions are good, it could be closed soon.

“It would be better if this operation can be closed before the World Cup, because Toure must think about the World Cup. His mind must not be distracted or be thinking about which club is offering for him.” (Daily Mirror)

Now it is worth noting that Yaya Toure’s agent is not shy in coming forward. Mr Seluk is forever making leading statements that may or may not have any basis in reality but why would the Daily Mirror let that get in the way of a good story.

Now Arsenal have in many ways put the ball firmly in Cesc Fabregas’s court by stating that they will not accept any offer for their skipper. The Ivory Coast international has of course been continuously linked with a move to the Emirates and is in many ways the type of player Wenger could do with but not at the expense of their Spanish midfield magician, surely?

Some believe that the north London club will hold out for around double of the original £32m offer from the Catalan club but perhaps the next move will see the La Liga champions offer the original bid plus the £20m Toure as part of a deal. Would that tempt Wenger? I think not.

Quite simply this entire deal now really hinges on what Fabregas does next. If he pushes for a move then the onus on the reason for the move falls onto his shoulders and the Gunners can then simply say they have no choice but to sell a player who wants to leave, then they can simply hold on until the right offer comes along.

What do Arsenal fans think will happen next? What would be an acceptable deal or are all bets off when it comes to a player as crucial as the number 4?

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