Barca Chief Taunts Gunners Over Cesc Fabregas Deal

By on September 5, 2011

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is delighted of their capture of Cesc Fabregas this summer and believes the La Liga champions got their man on the cheap.

The Catalans chief suggests the playmaker is worth at least €60million. The 24-year-old midfielder returned to his boyhood club this summer for an initial fee of €29m (£25.4m) after an eight-year spell with Arsenal. Bartomeu told Sport:

“The transfer of Cesc was a very good deal for us. Normally his price wouldn’t have been €29m, but he lowered his value by saying that he really wanted to go to Barcelona. His real price was what Arsenal initially asked. He’s worth at least €60m in my opinion.

“Transfer negotiations are like poker. Ideally, nothing is leaked to the press, but that seems to be impossible because of all the parties that are involved.

“The fact that we announced in advance that we would only spend €45m [£39.5m] this summer worked to our advantage. Clubs were already well aware of our stance.”

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10 Comments

  1. para

    September 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Barca will be sorry in the future.
    Cest will probably not finish his career at Barca, but at AFC.

    • chris from Cambridge

      September 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      For Cesc’s continuing career it was the best thing. His body can no longer take the physical stress of the Premiership. He may not have the longest career left to him anyway.

  2. nicky

    September 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

    If Barca are happy then Arsenal are pleased. A homesick boy has returned to his native land.
    In his final season at Arsenal, he underperformed for physical and/or mental reasons and it was time for him to go.

    • chris from Cambridge

      September 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      correct

  3. adrian

    September 5, 2011 at 11:11 am

    There are two ways of looking at the cesc saga. Arsenal were cheated out of money because barca got him on the cheap. Or you could see his time at arsenal as always limited with a return to barca inevitable. The less than perfect transfer dealings this summer were caused by arsene trying to get barca to increase their offer. What can you do though when there is only one bidder? To get £36 million for a player signed for nothing has to be a good deal.

    • chris from Cambridge

      September 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Agreed. Plus Barca have little to crow about. We acquired Cesc for SFA 8 years ago and we sell him back for some £35m !

      And another thing .. we would he have become such a good player by staying at Barca ? I don’t think so.

  4. LEGOON

    September 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    BARCA HAVE NO CLASS AND TO SAY THEIR OWNERS AND BOARD ARE BENEATH CONTEMPT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENTT.I HATE ALL THAT THEY STAND FOR.SHE WORE SSHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON

  5. Champion

    September 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Typical classless catalan dogs. Franco for the win.

  6. Steve of Chiang Mai

    September 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    No Problems…..Arsene will probably pinch 2 or 3 of their best kids for peanuts later this year!

  7. jayqs

    September 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Well Josep Maria Bartomeu check you facts Mr. Vice president. It shows you memory is questionable. How much did arsenal pay of Cesc in the begining and oh by the way what is the price did arsenal pay for your young catalans recently. Arsenal always have had the better deal, mate. Checkmate.

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