Barcelona vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted that former Gunner Cesc Fabregas is probably worth the £53 million Arsenal initially demanded, after watching some of his early performances for the Spanish side.
Wenger had also admitted that Barcelona got their key transfer target on the cheap, but mainly because there was no other competition in the market for him as the Spaniard was only ever leaving for one other club.
After much debate and a ridiculously long transfer saga, a deal worth an initial £25 million was agreed this summer, with that figure potentially rising by a further £10 million based on various incentives and clauses.
“After seeing the work he’s done since his arrival it is true that Cesc meets the €60 million (£53 million) valuation Arsenal initially demanded,” Bartomeu told Sport. “The kid is demonstrating a high level and quality in three weeks of training. The transfer was very good. In a market that is so open Cesc is worth a lot of money.
“It was complicated to close the deal,” he said. “The negotiations were very hard.”
Fabregas has already won both the European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup since moving to Barcelona, scoring in the former, and also scored on his La Liga debut. It was frustrating that Arsenal gave in for such a cheap price, but in the end they were forced to give in, and it really showed how stingy Barcelona are. Best of luck to Fabregas, who has shown utter most respect towards the Gunners unlike some other players on their way out (Bendtner & Nasri).