The battle for the signature of former Arsenal captain Francesc Fabregas is still on and have taken a new twist as Arsenal have made clear their intentions concerning the supposed sale of the Spaniard to fellow Premier League rival Chelsea.
Cesc Fabregas’ move to Stamford Bridge is being held up by his former club Arsenal according to the Daily Star.
The former Gunner is expected to leave the Nou Camp and join Chelsea after new Barcelona coach Luis Enrique told the Spanish international that he was not part of his plans.
The deal to sign Fabregas, which is rumoured to be in the region of £33m, was expected to be announced later this week after Barcelona confirmed the signing of his replacement, Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
According to reports in Spain, Barca agreed a £17m deal for the Croatian international last week.
Personal terms are still being agreed but it is reported that the Catalan giants have offered Rakitic a three-year-deal.
But now Fabregas’ proposed move to Stamford Bridge is being held up by his former club.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport Arsenal are entitled to 50% of the profit on any transfer Fabregas makes for a fee over £26m.
The clause in the Fabregas’ contract has made Blues owner Roman Abramovich wary of signing the former Arsenal man.
He does not want to pay the Gunners a single penny to secure the services of Fabregas and the Chelsea chief now wants to renegotiate a price for the the Barca man.
Arsenal are holding firm and they insist that if Fabregas does go their rivals they will have received the money that they are entitled to.
Is this delay tactics played by Arsenal a sign that the Gunners still retain interest (non financial interest) in the Catalan born Maestro? Also could this delay tactic create a chance for Arsenal to do a last minute swoop and bring our former captain back to the Emirates.
In my own opinion, i still feel there is an untold/hidden story in all of this and it encompasses Abramovichs’ refusal to pay Arsenal a penny and that Fabregas may as well end up in North London this summer rather than in the camp of our rivals Chelsea.