Barcelona To Announce Cesc Fabregas Signing After Arsenal Play Newcastle United

Emirates star already signed for Nou Camp giants.

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Barcelona have agreed terms with Arsenal over the signing of Cesc Fabregas but will delay the announcement until after the Gunners play Newcastle United tomorrow.

It is understood the 24-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with the Spanish and European champions.

His manager Arsene Wenger confirmed earlier today Fabregas would play no part in the Premier League opener at St James’ Park.

The deal has been signed but Wenger did not want the news to break until after the Newcastle game so as not to distract his players.

Fabregas will now travel to Spain and meet with his new team-mates ahead  of the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid.

The Spain international grew up in Barcelona and emerged through their youth system before moving to Arsenal as a 16-year-old.

The Catalan giants tried to sign him back last year but the Gunners refused to sell him.

There has been no official confirmation of the deal but as ever the Barca players were keen to get their views on the matter heard.

Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes believes a move is imminent, telling AS: “I hope so yes and, if the news is confirmed it will be great news, above all for one person, a friend, and the Barcelona fans.

“I’m not disclosing anything, but as you know it is advanced, and although it is not official it will surely be closed very soon.”

Asked if, right now, he could imagine a Barca without Fabregas next season, the goalkeeper added: “I can’t imagine it. I think that the news is almost confirmed and he will surely come, but anything could happen.

“I think that it will be confirmed and I’m very happy.”

Defender Gerard Pique also expressed his excitement of the deal via his Twitter account.

“It’s official Cesc has signed for Barca! Cesc comes home! Alleluia, alleluia,  ALELUYAAAA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” he posted on Twitter.

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