Nou Camp side up bid for Emirates skipper.
New Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has put a 45 million euros limit on the Catalan giants’ bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas .
Fabregas has said that he wants to join Barcelona, but Arsenal have rejected an initial €35 million bid for the player from the Spanish champions.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that the 23-year-old is staying put, and has even said that the two have never even discussed the player’s future.
Now, Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo claims that Sandro Rosell who was elected new Barcelona president this week is refusing to break the bank to bring Fabregas back to the Nou Camp, where the midfielder began his career.
Mundo Deportivo comments that Rosell “will make every effort” to prize Fabregas away from Arsenal, but will only allocate an extra €10 million on top of Barcelona’s original bid in order to do so.
Fabregas is currently on World Cup duty with Spain. His contract with the Gunners expires in 2015. (IMScouting)
The idea that this is a final offer from Barcelona sounds strangely familiar. This is the same team who said they would respect Arsenal’s wishes if they told them the player was not for sale, which the Gunners then did but was then ignored by the La Liga champions.
Wenger will surely reject this, or indeed any other, bid and it seems the ball is firmly in Cesc Fabregas’s court. The north London club have conducted themselves with a great deal of intelligence over this whole saga. They have been clear and concise in their dealings. They haven’t attempted to lead the Catalan club a merry dance they have simply told them their skipper is not for sale.
Clearly if the talented midfielder then takes it upon himself to put in a transfer request then it is only the 23 year old who can be seen as instigating proceedings then the Emirates side can consider their options but at least they will not be perceived as inviting offers.
Wenger wants to keep the player at the club and seeing as he is contracted to stay at the club until 2015 they really can just refuse any offer on the table. Clearly this won’t be the last offer on the table from Sandro Rossell, even though he may say that it is.