Manchester City On The Verge Of Completing £30m Fabregas Deal As Arsenal Drop Out Of The Running

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The Citizens could be bringing the Spaniard back to England.

Arsenal have ruled themselves out of re-signing FC Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas which leaves the door open for Manchester City to complete the deal, reports the Telegraph.

The Gunners have decided that after spending a club record £42.4m on Mesut Ozil less than 12 months ago, they don’t want to sanction another £30m on Fabregas.

This decision has been easier to make for the north London club due to the fact they already have Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in the position at the Emirates Stadium.

City meanwhile see the Spain international as the ideal replacement for dissatisfied central midfielder Yaya Toure, who’s future at the Etihad Stadium is in doubt after a bust-up following the Ivory Coast international’s 31st birthday.

Toure has since been publicly speaking about playing for other clubs – including Paris Saint-Germain and Barca – and therefore the Citizens are weighing up the possibility of losing the African.

Fabregas is also four years the Ivorian’s junior and his £100,000-a-week wages are significantly lower than what the former is currently paid at Eastlands.

Having spent eight years in north London as well the club knows that the Spaniard can shine in English football, although the midfield ace has previously stated that his love for Arsene Wenger’s side means playing for another club in England would be difficult.

Yet with City having one eye on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rule and the Premier League’s homegrown quota – Fabregas counts having played in the UK since the age of 16 – swapping the Spanish star for Toure might not be so far-fetched.

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