£36m deal for Cesc – but he pays £4.5m out of his own pocket
CESC FABREGAS is on the brink of sealing his dream move to Barcelona. But the Spanish midfielder will have to fork out £4.5million from his own pocket to do it.
Arsenal are set to agree a £35.9m fee with Barcelona - plus add-ons - should Fabregas win major tournaments.
But the fee also includes £900,000 a year which Fabregas has agreed to pay Arsenal out of his own wages over the next five years of his Barca contract.
All that remains is for Fabregas, 24, to thrash out personal terms to bring to an end a three-year saga.
And last night he returned to the London Colney training ground to clear out his locker.
The Gunners skipper has made no secret of his desire to return to Barca, the team he left at 16.
Arsenal have been holding out for around £45m and boss Arsene Wenger had vowed Fabregas would not be allowed to move.
However, it has become increasingly obvious keeping him against his will would be a mistake.
Now Samir Nasri is expected to follow him out to join Manchester City.
The French midfielder, 24, is in the final year of his contract and, even though Wenger claimed he would let him run it down, the Emirates bean counters were not happy.
City are prepared to pay Nasri £180,000-a-week wages in a £25m swoop.
It is better for him to go if his heart no longer with the Gunners. He already showed his eagerness to join his former club. Though there he will claim his royalty and professionalism towards Gunners if the deal collapsed, doubts will cast against his performance later. Applaud to him as no rebellion acts demonstrated by him in order to have his transfer dream.
Just wonder where he will fit in Barcelona team which already had proven tactical and players that suit their style. People said he is in Xavi place. Yes the great Spanish player is 31 years old but he still had it. He is still a great player with great vision and commanding figure. He had few years more to go. I don’t think any manager will replace Xavi right now. His partnership with Iniesta in the heart of midfield work marvelously for Barcelona and Spain.
Buenas suerte Febregas