Arsenal FC has finally announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas to move back to his childhood club.
The move signals the end of a highly successful eight-year spell at Arsenal, becoming one of the most sought after talents in the game.
According to The Mirror, Barca have slapped nearly an extra £100m on Fabregas’s value straight away, creating a whopping £130m buy-out clause in his £100,000-a-week contract, with Fabregas apparently offering to help part fund the deal by waiving a £4m pay-off from Arsenal while Barca will pay £27m plus £5m in add-ons. Barca must win the title twice and Champions League once which is pretty much a given. It’s a shame that Arsenal have given in to Barcelona’s cheap price.
Arsène Wenger told Arsenal’s official website:
“We have been clear that we didn’t want Cesc to leave and that remains the case. However, we understand Cesc’s desire to move to his home town club and have now accepted an offer from Barcelona. We thank Cesc for his contribution at Arsenal and wish him future success.”
The transfer is subject to the completion of formal legal agreements and registration processes, together with Fabregas agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
As much as it pains me to loose our best player, I’m relieved that this is finally over. I wonder how his troublesome hamstring will hold up? Imagine Cesc failing the medical.. It seems like Fabregas will be little more than an impact player at Barca until Xavi or Iniesta get injured just like in the Spanish national side.
Anyway, a tribute is in order for our now ex-Spanish midfield maestro:
Fabregas joined the Club from Barcelona as a 16-year-old in September 2003 and made 303 appearances, scoring 57 goals in all competitions.
He holds the records for the youngest Arsenal first team player (16 years and 177 days v Rotherham United (h), 28 October 2003) and the youngest Arsenal first team goalscorer (16 years and 212 days v Wolves (h), 2 December, 2003).
Named as Arsenal Captain in November 2008, Fabregas also became a regular in the Spain national team, making 58 appearances to date.
allArsenal’s favourite Cesc-moment:
Recovering from an injury (as usual) Fabregas came on with an uninspired Arsenal being held 0-0 to a resilient Aston Villa:
Goal Number 1:
Goal Number 2:
He was then later substituted due to a reoccurance of his injury. But his brief cameo really showed his true passion for Arsenal, and this is something all Gunner fans should remember.
Gracias por todo Cesc Fabregas, ADIOS!
(Thanks for everything Cesc Fabregas, Goodbye!)
Check back later for “Who will replace Cesc Fabregas”