Continuing from the end of last season, speculation on the future of our Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, continues. It’s no secret the former Barcelona man wants to return to his boyhood club, yet it is good to see he remains respectful to Arsenal amidst all the rumours. Questioned about the matter at a recent launch of a perfume in Madrid he had this to say: “I’m very happy, I’m an Arsenal player now, and that’s it. The rest is speculation. I have not spoken to the manager. Wenger knows what I want and he’s the boss, he decides and I don’t know if they want to sell me or not.
“Everyone sees things in a different way but in these decisions, not everything depends on the player. If I said anything else it would be a lie, it would give rise to speculation that is not true.
“I am very happy at Arsenal. I am not going to talk about any team – but I can’t say no to anyone because you never know what could happen in the future.”
Although himself being professional about the matter, the same cannot be said of team mate Sagna who reportedly told the sun: “I can say it’s true that Cesc wants to go to Barca.
“Fabregas wants to return to his country of birth, to his city, where his family are.
“He wants to play for one of the best teams in the world, Barcelona, and that’s understandable.
“Compared to last year, yes it’s true there are chances of him leaving. Cesc needs to return to his country, to his home to rejoin his family.
“He needs to play for one of the best teams in the world which is Barcelona. One can understand that. But for the moment he’s still our captain at Arsenal.”
Barcelona have added further fuel to fire by stating Fabregas is worth less than the last summer transfer window where they offered £34m to lure him to the Nou Camp although Arsenal are reported to want at least £5m more. It seems an arm wrestle is about to unfold, where Barce are not willing to spend their entire transfer budget on one player (estimated at £40m) and Arsenal are wanting a fair sum for their captain. Although the outcome of the transfer is unclear, Fabregas’ desire to move to his boyhood club is certain making the transfer seem more like a matter of when rather than if, even if it doesn’t happen this summer.