FC Barcelona could sign Cesc Fabregas for less than their original €35 million offer, according to reports in Spain.
Fabregas, who is said to be incensed by Arsenal's refusal to let him leave, could use article 17 of FIFA's transfer regulations to break his contract with the London club.
Under the FIFA statute, players can unilaterally cancel their contracts after a "protected period" expires, if they pay "buyout" compensation to their clubs, based on wages.
If Cesc makes use of this legal device, his signing would cost Barca €34.3 million, almost one million less than what the club offered to Arsenal on Tuesday.
The €34.3 figure is reached by calculating his total salary during his contracted period.
Fabregas' current salary is €130,000 a week, and he is contracted to the gunners until June 2015.