Nou Camp side encourage Emirates Stadium star to force exit.
BARCELONA want Cesc Fabregas to go on strike next week to force a cut-price move from Arsenal.
The Gunners face a nail-biting wait to see if their skipper turns up for the first day of pre-season training a week today.
Barcelona have had a £27million bid turned down and are unlikely to meet Arsenal’s £40m valuation.
If Fabregas refuses to join up with his team-mates, it will put Arsenal under enormous pressure to finally sell to the Catalan giants.
Although sources close to Fabregas say he has no intention of forcing an acrimonious exit from North London, it is clear that is precisely what Barca expect him to do.
But such a move could backfire spectacularly if Arsenal hold firm.
It will also shatter the image of loyalty Cesc has tried to cultivate despite publicly admitting he dreams of returning home to Barca.
Arsenal insist they will let go of their talismanic captain only if Barcelona meet their demands.
SOURCE: The Sun
Of course it is hard to know if this story has any truth to it, but if indeed it does then Barcelona are playing a dangerous game if they hoping Cesc Fabregas’s relationship with Arsenal turns sour in order to force an exit. Given that the Spanish international has been at the North London club for eight years it would be very strange if the 24 year old decided to get heavy handed in his pursuit to secure a Nou Camp move.
It seems perfectly fair that is Arsenal elect to sell their captain that they do so only for a price they feel is a fair one for a player as talented as their skipper clearly is. In today’s transfer market £40m would actually seem about right, after all Liverpool paid £35m for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.
The reason Barcelona would have to fork out such a fee for Fabregas is not just based on the obvious talent Fabregas possesses but also because he is tied to a long term Emirates Stadium contract and clearly this has a knock on effect on how much it costs to release the player from said contract.
The problem is, or at least has been widely reported as being a problem, that Barcelona do not have a great deal of cash and there decision to make offers far less than the asking price, is more down to lack of funds than an inherent belief that Cesc is worth less.
Add in to the mix that Arsenal have no need to sell and will therefore not accept a penny less than what they feel the player is worth.
Arsene Wenger also has issues relating to other members of his squad with the likes of Andrei Arshavin, Gael Clichy and most worryingly, Samir Nasri, to resolve and the Gunners boss wants to bring in top notch additions to appease those players who have just seen Arsenal complete six seasons without silverware, the selling to their captain would clearly adversely affect the club’s ability to keep their other talents, who may feel that selling Fabregas is a tacit admission that the club lack’s ambition.