For Fabregas, it’s bye London, hola Barcelona
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to Barcelona by signing a five-year contract with his boyhood club, the Spanish giants confirmed on Monday.Updated: Aug 16, 2011 01:09 IST
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to Barcelona by signing a five-year contract with his boyhood club, the Spanish giants confirmed on Monday.
“Cesc has finally joined FC Barcelona, after signing a contract for the next five seasons. His buyout clause will be 200 million euros,” the club said in a statement on its website.
The 24-year-old earlier underwent a medical, and is to be presented to the media at the Camp Nou stadium.
Arsenal announced on Sunday that they had finally agreed a deal with Barcelona for the transfer of Fabregas to the Spanish and European champions.Barcelona confirmed the deal, news of which was released at half-time in their Spanish Supercup clash against Real Madrid, which is estimated to be worth between 36 and 40 million euros.
The deal, which brings to an end a transfer saga which began last year, will take Fabregas back to the club which he left as a 16-year-old in 2003.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was sorry to let the player go. “We have been clear that we didn’t want Cesc to leave and that remains the case,” said Wenger on Sunday.Named as Arsenal captain in November 2008, Fabregas also became a regular in the Spanish national team and has made 58 appearances to date.
Wenger uncertain over Nasri’s future
London: Arsene Wenger admits Manchester City target Samir Nasri could follow Cesc Fabregas out of Arsenal before the end of the transfer window.
Nasri is keen to accept an offer from City and the France midfielder has only one year left to run on his contract. Asked on Monday if selling Fabregas meant Nasri would definitely not be allowed to go, Wenger said: “The two things are not linked. Ideally I want him to stay, but as much as we were in a strong position on the contract side with Cesc this situation is a bit different.”
First Published: Aug 15, 2011 23:59 IST