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Barcelona Complete £35m Signing of Arsenal Skipper Cesc Fabregas

Emirates Stadium captain on his way back to the Nou Camp.

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Cesc Fabregas is a step closer to becoming a Barcelona player after starting the second of two medicals in the Spanish city.

On Sunday, Arsenal and Barca confirmed an “agreement in principle” over the sale of Fabregas.

He will discuss personal terms and is expected to be unveiled at 1300 BST after signing his contract.

It means the 24-year-old is set to return to the team he left as a 16-year-old in 2003.

“We understand Cesc’s desire to move to his home-town club and have now accepted an offer from Barcelona,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

“We have been clear that we didn’t want Cesc to leave and that remains the case.

“We thank Cesc for his contribution at Arsenal and wish him future success.”

Barcelona have been chasing Fabregas since last summer. As BBC Sport revealed on Friday, Arsenal will receive a guaranteed £30m transfer fee, with a further £5m dependent on the number of games played and trophies won by the Spaniard during his time at the Nou Camp.

News of the deal was confirmed at half-time of the first leg of Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup match against Real Madrid on Sunday, which ended 2-2.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

It appears that one of the longest running transfer sagas is set to come to an end as Cesc Fabregas makes his long awaited return to the Nou Camp. The 24 year old Arsenal midfielder is currently at the Catalan club’s training ground completing a medical which will then see his move back to Catalonia complete.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has fought Pep Guardiola to keep the former Gunners skipper at the Emirates Stadium for quite some time but that fight seems to be at an end. There will be many supporters of the North London club that will feel that this is further evidence of a lack of ambition and continued failure and will hope that Samir Nasri doesn’t follow the Spanish international out the door.

Wenger already lost Gael Clichy this summer and has not managed to bring in any ‘marquee’ signings to help appease the fans of the club, instead spending frugally on Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, three signings that could never be described as earth shattering.

The Arsenal manager will now look to reinvest the cash he does receive from Barcelona as quickly as possible, perhaps to help beef up the club’s shaky defence?

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