Is this the summer where Arsenal admit defeat and allow Cesc Fabregas to join Barcelona, his boyhood club who have been pursuing the midfielder for the past few years?
Arsene Wenger must have anticipated that the Spanish giants would lodge a bid for the Gunners captain and reports indicate that a £27 million bid for the player was made on Thursday night, something which the north London club rejected.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell spoke this week about the club’s number one transfer target, stating that Fabregas was doing “all he can” to join the Catalan outfit and claiming that “Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc’s is less than €40m (£35.4m)”.
Even so, £27m is considerably less than £35m and we should expect Barca to return with another bid in the not too distant future. Many Arsenal supporters are now resigned to losing a player who has made no secret of returning to the Nou Camp at some point in his career.
While Wenger has persuaded his captain to stay at the Emirates in the past two seasons, perhaps Arsenal will expect a considerable sum which will allow him to invest in new players.