Former Arsenal favourite and captain Cesc Fabregas has revealed that his former club really dropped the ball on the potential transfer of midfield maestro Xabi Alonso, who practically begged to sign for the north London club.
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‘He was dying to come. He was literally begging everyone to go to Arsenal, he really wanted to come,’ Fabregas is quoted as saying via a report in the Metro.
‘And to be honest, I did my best. I spoke to who I had to speak to. I gave my opinion, I thought that he was a fantastic addition for us at that time.’
‘I remember the whole holiday I was talking to him, he was texting me: “What’s happening?” And it was a shame, because I think he would have been a great, great, great addition to that team. He was made for Arsenal, I think.’
The report says that Liverpool were ready to let Xabi Alonso leave and Arsenal seemingly had a clear pathway to signing the World Cup winner with Spain, but it was Real Madrid who instead did the deal.
It would seem that Arsenal weren’t prepared to come up to the asking-price put on Alonso by Liverpool – missing out on the midfielder with a bid less than £3million than what the Reds wanted at the time.