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The deal Barcelona struck with Udinese for striker Alexis Sanchez vastly decreases the likelihood of a Fabregas sale.
Barça unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate a part exchange with the Serie A side—both Bojan Krkic and Jeffren Suarez, the two potential makeweights, rejected moves to Italy, forcing the Catalan giants to pay cash.
The €26 million fee Barcelona paid to acquire the Chilean striker seriously depleted the Spanish side's transfer budget.
With Arsenal stoutly refusing to accept less than £40 million for their skipper, a Fabregas transfer appears impossible.
North London should not take a sigh of relief—there will certainly be more intrigue before the transfer window closes.