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Arsenal could be cut out of Fabregas deal as Chelsea attempt to structure £27m transfer for Barcelona midfielder

Chelsea are attempting to structure
a deal with Barcelona for
midfielder Cesc Fabregas that
would cut Arsenal out of any
financial profit should their former
captain leave the Nou Camp this
Barcelona completed their long
pursuit of Fabregas in 2011 when
they signed the Spanish
international for an initial £25.4m,
although the finer details of the
move mean his Premier League exit
is a lot more complex than it
Arsenal have a clause in his
contract that not only allows them
to match any accepted fee for
Fabregas, but also one that will
result in them receiving 50 per cent
of any profit made on his sale.
Fabregas himself has also paid
£880,000 for each year of his
contract to the north London club.
However, Arsenal have so far
missed out on an additional £4.4m
which would have been paid had
the 27-year-old secured two La Liga
titles and a Champions League
winners’ medal with Barcelona,
with Fabregas only experiencing
one Spanish Primera Division title
during his three years with his
hometown club, as well as a Copa
del Rey crown in 2011-12.
With all add-ons taken into account,
the Fabregas transfer worked out
at just over £28m, and with
Barcelona demanding £30m from
clubs interested in the creative
midfielder, the Gunners are set to
receive a further windfall from his
Arsenal have shown that their
intention is to stay out of the race
for Fabregas, with manager Arsene
Wenger convinced he has enough
options available in the midfield of
his current squad that shelling out
for the player he first signed in
2004 is not worth the fee.
However, Chelsea are reportedly
attempting to complete a deal that
would cosy around £27m, and thus
result in their London rivals missing
out on any further bonus from the
move. It shows that the Blues still
consider Arsenal as a fierce rival,
with the two sides separated by
just three points in last season’s
Premier League table – although
the 6-0 drubbing at Stamford
Bridge will haunt the Gunners for
years to come.

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Posted By bobricky On 05:57 Mon, 09 Jun 2014

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