In news that will shock nobody, Radio Catalunya have announced that Barcelona have reached a ‘preliminary agreement’ with Cesc Fabregas over his transfer to the club this summer.
According to Sport (Spanish – Google translation), they said in their sports talk show ‘El club de la mitjanit‘ that Cesc’s agent will travel to Barcelona on Friday to discuss the strategy to enable the move to happen.
The two keys to this are:
1 – Arsene Wenger will not stand in the way of the player leaving
2 – Cesc should cost less than what Barcelona offered last year because he’s spent another year at Arsenal and his value has ‘amortised’ accordingly.
This ignores the possibility that:
1 – Arsene Wenger might very well stand in the way of the player leaving
2 – Barcelona’s attempts to pay less for the Arsenal captain do not have to be taken seriously by the club.
In a market which sees Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson rated at £20m, the Catalan club will need to make an offer significantly greater than the €30m they came to the table with last summer and at which their bidding is supposedly starting.
It might well be a spurious comparison but it is unthinkable that a player of Cesc’s quality could leave Arsenal for less than what Liverpool paid Newcastle for Andy Carroll.
There is a strong belief that for the right price Arsenal would be prepared to let Fabregas go but only if the price is right. Barcelona have a long way to go before they reach that figure and if they think they can get him on the cheap they will have to think again.
They need to test Arsenal’s resolve, at the moment they’re not even coming close.