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“We Want Them To Pay What He Is Worth”

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed they’ve rejected Barcelona’s new offer for Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed they’ve rejected Barcelona’s new offer for Cesc Fabregas.

The Spaniards have reportedly offered £30million plus £5million in add-ons for the Spanish international, and Hill-Wood has claimed the offer is nowhere near the clubs valuation. Hill-Wood told the Daily Star:

“Their offer was nowhere near what we are looking for. It is very straightforward from our point of view. We have told them what we want and we are sticking to it.

“We do not think we are being at all unreasonable when you see the sort of prices players are being sold for, who are not even half as good as Cesc.

“Barcelona are offering extra payments which are dependent on all sorts of fantastical things, but we are not interested in that. We want them to pay what he is worth.”

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  1. saphan

    August 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

    PLS the whole saga on FABREGAS is affecting the whole team,i think its time
    to part ways with him,I will again keep on
    asking,btwn BARCA and ARSENAL which club
    has made be what he is now? I hope him(fabregas) will read this article and give as an answer

  2. Timus

    August 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Here is an idea. How about those arrogant self important players who forced a Barca shirt over his head, who like to tell any Spanish reporter in earshot that they would give anything to see Fabergas at Barcelona, put their hands in their very deep pockets to help finance the move? Or how about the Mayor of Fabergas’s home town who say Arsenal have kidnapped him raise a Fabergas tax to bring him home. I don’t care how you do it but if you want the player then pay what he is worth or GTFO.

    • Clintm15

      August 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Love it. Well said

  3. laud

    August 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

    sure @Timus, if they want him dat badly they shd all cum on board n pay. PUT YA MONEY,WHERE YA MOUTH IS!

  4. GoonerScott75

    August 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Just a quick comment, I totally agree that we should out for the fee we want for Fabregas and that Barca should pay what we want but are we not doing exactly the same in our pursuit of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka. Is this not a case of double standards? Arsene just pay what their clubs are asking. It’s slightly hypocritical! And if we miss out on the group stages of the CL due to Squillaci making yet another mistake, you’ll regret not spending £17/18m for one of them.

    • ziggy

      August 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

      the difference being Fabregas valuation is low at 40mil whilst Cahill 17 mil is over the top and same for Jagielka.

    • mick

      August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Double standards? I don’t think so, Fabregas is very probably under valued at 40 million whereas Cahill and Jagielka are clearly over valued at the prices quoted. If nothing else Wenger is not stupid when it comes to matters of finance.

      • N4

        August 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        So why did he let nasris contract run down ?

    • pontus

      August 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Well, our players, managers, owners, chairmen, mayors aren’t coming out slagging Bolton and Everton off for not accepting the bids are they?
      Barsa can hid whatever they want but they can’t expect to get the player if the bid is too low for the selling club.

    • moorfire

      August 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      it’s not a case of double standards because you don’t hear arsenal’s players/coaches/board/president bleating on and on to the press about how much they want Cahill/Jagielka at Arsenal and how much Cahill/Jagielka want to join Arsenal.

      Simply put, Barca are displaying as little class as I’ve ever seen from a football club and it’s too late now, they can F*** Off.

    • Patrick

      August 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      There is a world of difference! Arsenal are not mounting a political campaign in the media involving the mayor of London, arsenal fans, players, members of staff and relations of the players.

      Besides, Cesc is a damn better footballer than those you compared him with.

  5. mr waitingforthequalityplayers

    August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    @goonerscott….good comment is double standards and it makes me view our management as arrogant.
    Aside from that if we miss out on champs league it will cost us 30 million in revenue in the group stages…so 17 million for cahill maybe a sensible investment if it means his performance in some way makes the difference . Of course buying cahill or jags doesnt ensure that event, but it would certainly be a better bet than playing a defense thats currently leaking goals from every angle.

  6. nicky

    August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    It’s not quite the same thing, surely.
    Our valuation for Cesc is below what we could get for him, from anyone other than Barcelona, his desired destination.
    The asking prices for Cahill and/or Jagielka are probably inflated due to Arsenal’s alleged interest but we don;t know whether that is the only stumbling block.

  7. GoonerScott75

    August 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I agree that £40m for Fabregas is lot less than he is worth going on Torres £50m, Carroll £35m, going on them prices we should want at least £60m for Cesc but it is Arsenal that have put the £40m tag on his head and we are wanting Barca to pay that! Why is it inconcieveable that Bolton and Everton want the price their asking for their prize assets? So, yes it is double standards that we keep offering less. It’s not rocket science!!

  8. ray

    August 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

    The thing is with these double standards is that we have offered the price we were willing to pay that was turned down and we have looked elsewhere. If no one else is available we will have to pay the asking price or keep what we have. unlike Barca we have not posted it on every news reel, paper, and had our players throwing shirts over their heads or plead with him to come. We have walked away without saying anything then if needed we will hopefully return with a better offer. Unlike Barca again if we don’t get the player we will not be back next year with a worse offer. Not really double standards. Fab should be kept away from first team, training, events, and the emirates until sorted. This should not be affecting our preps for the new season. As far as the players are concerned he has gone and not to return until Barca fail to pay up for him

  9. GoonerScott75

    August 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    The thing is, by the end of August, Fabregas will be a Barcelona player, playing CL football and it is quite possible they won’t of paid £40m but Cesc will have forced the move by disrupting the clubs focus. Pre-Season has proven that after TV5 and Koscielny we are struggling at CB so is it wrong to pay a fee for the centre half every Arsenal fan knows we need. Djourou needs a big season as for Squillaci……. He’ll cost us!

  10. Pid

    August 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Why does everyone keep saying that Arsenal have set an asking price of £40M for cesc?? There is not a shred of official evidence to back this up. At the beginning of the summer the media speculated that £40M would be enough, but after a while they changed this to Arsenal WILL accept £40M, and now you all believe them, without there being any evidence! Arsenal may accept this amount for Cesc, but for everyone to keep stating as fact that £40M is enough is just plain ridiculous!!

    • davepain

      August 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      the actual fee is irrelevant. barca know how much they have to pay yet they bid under. thats their perogative. in no article have i read ‘we have told arsenal how much we’lll let him go for’

      this is not double standards as arsenal value for e.g. cahill differently than his club due to his ability, not because we think we deserve to have him on the cheap for some ridiculous farfetched reason. we also havent launched a sleazy media circus hellbent on unsettling the club & player, all in the interest of getting him on the cheap. arsenal nurtured and developed fabregas and built the team around him. barca seem to think that stands for nothing.
      barca, stop being so cheap. if u love cesc so much, £x million shud not be a problem considering how much u spent on sanchez & he doesnt even have barca dna!!

  11. Kev

    August 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Barca are cheap. I’d make the lil greedy fat spaniard sit on the bench.
    If he loves barca so much, he should av stayed there. Why did he leave? GREED.
    He’s a ungrateful little sh!t. Can’t believe the fans haven’t turned on him.
    It’s unbelievable the idiots turn on wenger instead.

  12. nemo

    August 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    to those who say that Arsene is being hypocritical, you’re having a laugh aren’t you…?

    we’re talking about what Fab is worth in terms of market value. not inflated…”because he is English”…whatever the club decides he’s worth, kinda value.

    Bolton wanting 17mil plus for Cahill is well over market value for a player of his quality & stature. Wenger & the board are extremely adamant that we pay as close as possible to what the market value dictates a player is worth…not over-inflated prices that are just tossed about willy-nilly.

    Fab is worth 45mil plus…period. Arsenal probably would like more, & in all honesty his value is probably more like 55-60mil for our club. but the market value is closer to 45mil more likely.

    Barca need to up their offer at least 10 mil by my count. Arsenal will offer a little more for Cahill if necessary, but we won’t break the bank…especially when there’s almost assuredly 2 or 3 other players for half the price that could do exactly what Cahill does on the pitch.

    paying over market-value for a role player is bad business & is just plain lazy. it shows a total lack of interest & ability to scout for talent, & further allows the market to inflate itself beyond its means.

    Arsenal will do many things during my lifetime…helping football drown itself in debt with overspending is not one of them. you can count on that.

    • davepain

      August 9, 2011 at 12:39 am

      that’s the truest.

  13. Georgegooner

    August 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Double standards? If you were Owen Coyle you would want the best possible price for a player you don’t want to lose.He is an England international after all,and only 25.The same thing applies to us with CF.We want the best price for him.and he’s a World Cup Winner!! The downside is that it’s dragged on for far too long.There is more than a 50/50 chance that we won’t qualify for the league stages of The Champions League because we haven’t strengthened in June and July.Now it’s last minute panick,with a really tough opening fixture list,where we could end up at the wrong end of the table,and out of The Champions League.

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