Chelsea Working Hard To Cut Arsenal Out Of Deal For Spanish Midfielder
Chelsea want to secure a deal with Barcelona for midfielder Cesc Fabregas that would see Arsenal miss out on any percentage of the sale of their former skipper
As we approach the opening of the summer window clubs will be intensifying their efforts in the transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, the latest on the future of Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea are pushing hard to secure a deal with Barcelona for midfielder Cesc Fabregas that would see Arsenal miss out on any percentage of the sale of their former skipper, according to reports today.
Fabregas is expected to leave Barca this summer after failing to establish himself as a vital part of the first team set-up and his inconsistent performances led to the midfielder being singled out for rough treatment from his own fans last season.
Arsenal fought hard to have several clauses included in the 27-year-old’s contract when he was sold back to Barcelona in 2011 and although Arsene Wenger has so far turned down the chance to activate the clubs first refusal buy-back option, the Gunners will receive 50% of any profit the Catalans make on the player this summer.
The Telegraph claim that Barca paid the north Londoners an initial £25.4m three years ago but with various additional add ons, the total now stands at just over £28m, and with the Spaniards demanding at least £30m for Fabregas’s signature this summer, it would see Arsenal make a small profit on any sale.
Chelsea are in formal talks with the La Liga giants to try and bring Fabregas back to the Premier League but the newspaper suggests that Jose Mourinho is pushing hard to secure a deal worth just £27m, which if successful, would see Arsenal miss out on any sell-on fee.
However, as much as Chelsea would love to cut Arsenal out of the deal, the issue is not thought to be a deal-breaker and the Blues are hopeful of making progress this week with a view to tying up the move before Spain kick off their World Cup against Netherlands on Friday.
I’m sure there are many Arsenal fans who are still scratching their heads as to why Wenger has rejected the chance to sign his former captain. A creative midfielder may not be a priority for the club this summer but they have enough money in the bank to justify spending around £30m on re-signing Fabregas and would still have plenty left over to strengthen other areas of the squad.
But the Gunners inactivity is to Chelsea’s benefit and it looks like Mourinho is going to snap the Spanish attacker up, and even a deal at £30m would represent a relative bargain in today’s market for a player of Fabregas’s quality.
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