Barcelona Transfer News: Arsenal's Contract Offer Needless Ploy in Fabregas Saga
Offering Cesc Fabregas more money isn't going to keep him at the Emirates.
The star midfielder and Arsenal captain is already inked to a long-term contract that will keep him at the North London club for the foreseeable future, and that has given the English side leverage in negotiations about the prized player's future.
Barcelona is circling around their former starlet, and despite Arsene Wenger's notoriously frugal business style, a report has come out detailing a desperate attempt to keep his skipper away from the European champions.
Per Tribal Football:
The People says the Gunners have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Cesc out of Barcelona’s clutches by offering him a £14million, two-year contract extension which would keep him at the club until 2017.
However, their big-money offer will be snubbed by the Spaniard, who has made up his mind to quit the Emirates this summer.
Fabregas, who did not travel on Arsenals pre-season tour to Asia because of a hamstring injury, will give manager Arsene Wenger his decision this week.
Barcelona’s wage offer of £2.5m a year means he would be taking an £85,000-a-week pay cut.
Money will not keep Fabregas at Arsenal, but trophies will.
The biggest problem with the Gunners hasn't been their budget, but the lack of success on the pitch.
A once proud club has taken a hit on the world stage as they have failed to capture any silverware in recent years.
Arsenal's lack of success has frustrated the players, who came to the Emirates to be champions, and tapping into that vein will allow Wenger to keep his top stars and bring in some of the world's top talents.
The Gunners will never be a high-spending club, so Wenger needs to give players a chance at glory at one of the most prolific sides in football history.
Throwing money around in a desperate attempt to fix an obvious problem isn't going to solve anything.
If Fabregas wants to play for Barcelona at some point in his career, and would be willing to take a paycut to do so, how is a lucrative contract extension going to ensure the player's loyalty?
Barca brings in the best players because they win trophies on a regular basis. If Arsenal can get to that level, Fabregas will remain at the Gunners for a long, long time.
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