Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Arsenal's Deadline Will Prevent a Cesc Fabregas Deal
A deadline is looming, and now the pressure is on Barcelona to ink Cesc Fabregas to a new deal.
Months of debating has come down to this, as Arsenal has made it clear they want a resolution to the Fabregas saga by the weekend, adding an extra dimension of suspense to the proceedings. The midfielder is torn between two unrelenting forces, and it is going to keep the Gunners' skipper at the Emirates.
Per The Telegraph:
Arsène Wenger would like the saga settled before Arsenal host the Emirates Cup this weekend and officials from the European champions are expected to remain in London over the coming days.
Although Barcelona have been relentless in their public pursuit of Fabregas, the only actual offer this summer of £27 million fell well short of Arsenal’s valuation of around £40 million.
Since then, there has been contact about different ways of structuring a deal, including a failed attempt to factor in enhanced compensation for two of Barcelona’s former academy players who have now joined Arsenal.
By now, it's clear Barcelona doesn't want to pay the £40 million needed to force a transfer between the two clubs. If it were the case, the Catalan giants would have ponied up a while ago, instead of trying to find another way to reach a deal.
Arsenal will not sell for anything less than their demands, and Arsene Wenger needs to stick to his guns to protect his image on the world stage. The Frenchman has made demands, and if he backs away from them now, he will look like a pushover on the world stage.
You simply cannot afford to do that at this stage of the game, and it is going to make a deal a longshot.
Fabregas may want a move, he may not, but since the player has refused to steer these negotiations, it has made the waters murky, giving the Gunners a reason to cling to their skipper. The midfielder is one of the best players in the world, and if Arsenal is going to be a force next season, they need him in the lineup.
Anything less than what Wenger wants would be an absolute failure, and would create a huge backlash from the club's supporters. This is the biggest fight for Arsenal, and their manager must do everything possible to keep Fabregas in-house.
As this deadline looms, Barcelona's hopes of a transfer are slipping away.
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