Cesc Fabregas's exit from Barcelona is already sealed, if a conversation overheard between Gerard Pique and Vicente del Bosque is proven true.
The Spanish midfielder has been the subject of rumours about his future since the end of the season, with several major Premier League clubs keen on his signature.
Ahead of a press conference from the Spanish national team, Fabregas' Barcelona team-mate Pique was overheard telling his national coach the deal was already done, for €33million:
No team re Cesc mentioned but Pique clearly says "He has told me it's already done... yeah, he's gone. 33m, he told me."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 4, 2014
The pair can be seen conversing in Spanish in the clip below.
However, it may be rash to take their words at face value.
For the pair to be so candid when there was the smallest chance they could be overheard would be inadvisable. Furthermore, the pair did seem to exchange knowing looks—it may simply be they are poking expense at the media circus surrounding Fabregas' future.
...however!...Pique is a notorious practical joker and knew microphones were around. Seems like a nice little wind-up for internal amusement— Andy West (@andywest01) June 4, 2014
It will only further fuel the rumours, however.
Arsenal are his former club and, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, have a first refusal clause if Barcelona accept another offer. Cross also links Chelsea to the player, while Manchester City are apparently interested as well.
Fabregas is a part of Spain's 23-man squad for the World Cup. La Roja are looking to defend their title and, after winning Euro 2008 and 2012, seal an unprecedented fourth straight major international trophy.
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