Emirates skipper edges nearer Nou Camp move.
Arsenal are being offered Barcelona babe Thiago Alcantara as part of a £50 million swap deal for Cesc Fabregas.
Champions League winners Barca are ready to let the brilliant youngster go to the Gunners as a £7 million makeweight in their latest bid to tempt Fabregas back to his old club.
Alcantara will be made available despite making a handful of appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side in the closing weeks of the season – with his chances of a game limited by the club’s potential new arrivals.
Wenger knows that he will face a fight to keep skipper Fabregas and Alcantara could be a ready-made and relatively cheap replacement.
Alcantara is due to play for Spain’s under-20s at the World Cup and looked better than any English talent when he starred against the young Lions in last summer’s European Championships at that age group.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
There seems to be a growing feeling among the press and indeed Gunners supporters, that Cesc Fabregas will push to leave the North London club this summer. After six silverware-less seasons and with Arsenal seemingly going backwards, it is no surprise that the Spanish international would look to re-join a club he clearly has a great affinity for, even though a move to the Nou Camp may well result in the midfielder warming the bench.
Some sources believe that Wenger may be tempted by the inclusion of Thiago Alcantara into the bargain. The 20 year old Italy born Spanish Under 21 international took part in 17 games Barcelona first team games across all competitions last term and looks a very good prospect.
Barcelona would still need to cough up over £40m in cash to go with the youngster and given the financial problems the Catalan club reportedly having, that may not be so easy to come up with.
Arsenal are also struggling to keep a number of other first team regulars with the likes of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Andrei Arshavin all being strongly linked with exits from the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger will have to fight hard to persuade his star players to stay this summer and will have to bring in quality additions to help prove that the faltering side has ambition to push on from being a continual top four club towards regaining their title chasing status.