Once again the Cesc Fabregas show is clogging up the air waves, and honestly Arsene Wenger has to have the patience of Job to keep dealing with this.
The most recent reports from midweek appeared to confirm that Barcelona were indeed in the midst of serious negotiation for the player.
Delegates for the club were supposed to be in London over the last few days to finalize the negotiations according to multiple sources including the Telegraph, but alas nothing has been decided.
Arsenal are looking to get at least £35 million for the player, but the recent signing of Alexis Sanchez for £23 million may very well make that kind of money unavailable.
Pep Guardiola apparently wanted to secure Sanchez first, but it is uncertain what that means for Fabregas and their interest in his services.
Guardiola was quoted in the Mirror with this following statement:
“This year Arsenal has agreed to negotiate and we are working on it. Barcelona has made an offer, Arsenal another and we have time until Aug. 31 and we’ll try to reach an agreement.
“There is a sum of money in the strong box set aside for this signing but if it doesn’t work out, it will be kept in the box for something else.
“We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad.”
It is so apparent that the player wants to leave that if the offer comes across the table, the Gunners would be foolish not to take it. You could have one of several replacements for him with that type of money.
Welsey Sneijder for one has been listed at price, as has Napoli’s Marek Hamsik. Either of them would make decent if not better new faces for Wenger.
However, the deal for Sanchez may very well have ended the chance for Fabregas to make his exit, and I honestly I do not know if I could take another transfer window with all this talk and no walking of the walk in regards to the Spanish midfielder.
He may have a harder time getting into the first team than Javier Mascherano. When Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez are playing in front of you for your position, you have to step aside, for they do not come any more world class at Barcelona.