Peter Hill-Wood has revealed that Arsenal would consider a ‘very good offer’ from Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas but stressed that the Catalan side have not been in contact since their £26 million bid was rejected last month.
Arsene Wenger has already spoken publicly about his desire to see his club captain stay at the Emirates for another season, although with the Spaniard missing the Gunners tour of Asia and still struggling with fitness, speculation has continued to mount that the 23-year-old will leave North London for the Camp Nou before the start of the season.
Speaking to the Daily Star about the situation, Hill-Wood hinted that Pep Guardiola’s interest in Fabregas could be waning:
“I am not sure how keen they are. There are still stories in the (Spanish) press, but they don’t talk to us. They’ve made one offer, which works out at around £26m, but that was ages ago.
“But at the moment our situation is very straight-forward: we don’t want to lose him. Obviously if they come up with an offer which was a very good offer we would have to think about it.
“We have told them a number of times that what they are proposing is unacceptable and yet they haven’t moved on it. I don’t approve of what they are doing, but unfortunately it seems the way of the world right now.”
Having loaned Denilson to Sao Paulo, sold Gael Clichy to Manchester City and with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia also tipped to leave, Arsene Wenger is desperate to preserve a level of squad stability as the new season nears.
Given the circumstances, and in the process denying suggestions that the Arsenal board were upping the pressure on their manager to sell, Hill-Wood also made clear that City’s attempts to sign Nasri would likely prove fruitless.
“City seem to have more money than anybody else, and they keep splashing it around all over the place. But our position is very straightforward: we don’t want the player [Nasri] to leave.”