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Arsenal Ready to Accept £37.5m Barcelona Bid for Cesc Fabregas?

Mixed messages in the on running saga of Emirates skipper’s future.

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Arsenal FC vs Blackburn Rovers FC Premiership 04/10/09 Photo Nicky Hayes Fotosports International Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas celebrates his goal.

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona and Arsenal are nearing an agreement in the protracted transfer saga involving Cesc Fabregas. El Mundo Deportivo, a notoriously pro-Barcelona publication, claim the Premier League club are softening their previously unbowed stance that their captain is not for sale, and are ready to do business for €45 million (£37.5 million).
Cesc Fabregas has allegedly reiterated to Arsene Wenger his desire to return to his boyhood club, and given the seven years service he has given to Arsenal, having been signed in 2003, the newspaper claims the Frenchman is now ready to relent on his unwillingness to allow the Spaniard to leave the Emirates.
The report claims ‘a secret agreement’ is now in place and will be officially confirmed once a few details have been finalised between the two respective parties, even though both Barcelona and Arsenal publicly at least, maintain that a deal is someway apart.
The newspaper suggests Sandro Rosell will be in London this week to complete the deal, and in another twist Barcelona will aim to sign cut-price Villarreal star Marcos Senna, who will replace Yaya Toure, in order to free up further funds for the Fabregas deal. (Sport.co.uk)

A story that is somewhat contradicted by…

Barcelona board spokesman Toni Freixa has bemoaned that Arsenal are unwilling to negotiate the sale of Cesc Fabregas.

The Gunners skipper has been strongly linked with a return to Barca this summer, and the Primera Division champions have already seen a reported €35million (£30m) offer rejected.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stressed that he intends to keep the Spain international at the club as he sees him as integral to his side.

Barca have stated they are doing all they can to land Fabregas, who has five years left on his current contract, but the Gunners will not enter into talks.

“Arsenal don’t want to sit down and negotiate with us,” Freixa told reporters on Monday evening.

“It’s not a problem with the wishes of Cesc or of Barca – they simply don’t want to negotiate.” (Sky Sports)

Strange that a Barcelona board spokesman can bemoan Arsenal’s unwillingness to negotiate about the sale of Cesc Fabregas, its like a mugger bemoaning someone’s efforts to prevent their possessions being stolen. Clearly this will run and run until the end of the transfer window, with the Catalan side getting increasingly frustrated at their inability to unsettle the Gunners captain enough to force a sale.

Even if the La Liga club increased their offer to the value attributed to the first source, in today’s market Fabregas is worth a damn sight more than £37.5m. However money is not the issue as the north London club have no need to sell and clearly they wouldn’t want to lose their prized asset for any fee.

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Football Club have played this entire situation perfectly. They have left the ball firmly in Fabregas’s court. If he really wants to re-join his former club then he will have to put in a transfer request and then, and only then, would the Gunners consider offers and they would have to be massive ones to really stand a chance.

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