The Blues and Barca are structuring a transfer that will cut the Gunners out.
The transfer of FC Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea looks to be taking a step closer as the two clubs negotiate a deal that will cut out the Spaniard’s former team Arsenal, reports the Independent.
Fabregas completed an initial £25.4m move to boyhood side Barca in 2011, with a number of clauses written into the 27-year-old’s contract that would benefit the Gunners in the coming years.
Not only can the North London side match any offer for the Spain international – although they have ruled themselves out of a move this summer – they also stand to make 50% of any profit the Catalans make on the player.
This would be particularly important to Arsene Wenger’s team as they have already missed out on an extra £4.4m that would have been paid had Fabregas won two La Liga titles and the Champions League during his time in Catalonia – he has in fact won just one Spanish title and the Copa del Rey during his time with the club.
Therefore with Barca demanding £30m for their Spanish star, the North Londoners were set to receive another tidy amount, but having realised this the Blues have instead proposed a different offer to the Spanish giants.
They want to pay £27m – which with the Gunners’ earnings from the deal currently standing at £28m means they would receive no more cash – showing just how much Jose Mourinho views his Premier League rivals as a threat.
This was further proven last summer when Mourinho blocked the move for Demba Ba to the Emirates Stadium, despite not considering the Senegal international to be in his first team plans, and things are likely to get ugly between the two sides from the English capital.
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