Gunners star set to leave the Emirates?
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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has set aside €50m to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, according to reports in Italy.
The Itasportpress website claims the Italian giants are desperate for new impetus to save their season and Moratti sees Fabregas as the ideal marquee signing to steady the ship and placate the fans who are growing uneasy after a poor start to the season.
Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez took over from Jose Mourinho in the summer but the Spaniard is already under pressure following a string of defeats.
But Moratti is confident that even if he has to replace Benitez any future appointment will be happy to work with Fabregas.
The 23-year-old Spain star was at the centre of the summer’s longest transfer saga when Barcelona were desperate to bring their former youth player back to the Nou Camp, but Arsenal refused to sell and Barca were unable to up their £30m offer.
Inter chief Moratti is hoping €50m will tempt Arsenal to do business. (Daily Mirror)
While this may seem like terrible news after a fairly ridiculous loss last night for Arsenal – in which it is entirely legitimate to blame the referee – it is difficult to see it happening.
Massimo Moratti has invested a huge amount into Internazionale’s transfer budget in the last fifteen years, but cannot go on doing so forever.
Inter’s accounts for the year ending in June 2009 saw a loss of €154m. In 2008 they lost €148m, and in 2007 it was €208m.
2010 will look substantially better for the Nerazzurri, thanks to the UEFA Champions League win and the sale of players such as Mario Balotelli.
Still, can anyone see Cesc Fabregas leaving Arsenal for a team other than FC Barcelona – for a team that currently looks no less fragile than his current side?
Would Fabregas and Wesley Sneijder play in the same team?
Though there is every chance Barca will once again become obsessed by his acquisition, with Ibrahim Affelay joining the Catalan side this summer, they really have no need for him.
Perhaps Arsenal will keep Fabregas after all.
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