Cesc Fábregas will be allowed to leave Arsenal this summer but only if Arsène Wenger convinces Samir Nasri to stay at the club, with the manager more inclined to listen to offers for his captain should the French midfielder sign a new deal. Peter Hill-Wood, the Arsenal chairman, confirmed last week that Barcelona FC have recently restated their interest in the midfielder.
"Yes, they have spoken to us about Cesc. But so far they have not made a bid and we do not want to let him go," he said. "But he comes from Barca, so it is understandable if he wanted to go back. However, they have not made an offer so far."
NEW YORK: Major League Soccer typically cannot say enough about David Beckham, the England star midfielder who is playing in the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. But the Galaxy were fined $5,000 by the North American football league on Friday for keeping silent about Beckham on an injury report before a June 18 match against the Colorado Rapids.
Milan sign Shaarawy
MILAN: AC Milan have signed midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa and sent German Alexander Merkel in the opposite direction, the Italian champions said in a statement on Saturday. El Shaarawy, born in Italy and with an Egyptian father, impressed on loan at second-tier Padova last season and his move to Milan is the latest in a string of deals between the Rossoneri and Genoa.