It’s official: News of the Day, 2 June

We’re in for Cesc Fabregas. The club announced at the official site that we have bid on the Catalan midfielder. No numbers have been disclosed, but it’s expected that our initial bid will be somewhere in the 40m range.

Now, Arsenal is expected to laugh at that, as their valuation of Fabregas has him at 60m. Here’s the official word from Arsenal:

“Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly-valued member of the team and part of our future plans.

“We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment. However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.

“To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.”

So. Now what? Is that statement worth the paper it was written on, and negotiations are continuing? Probably. Maybe not. Who the hell knows? What is true is that if Fabregas is serious about getting his move to Barcelona done, he will have to get off the fence and submit an official transfer request. Which he won’t do, for obvious reasons having to do with being booed incessantly, should the deal not get done.

Other stuff related:

–We are, or are not willing to toss in one big-ass Ukranian defender, Txigrinski, as part of deal. Straight-up has been bandied about, as well as a loan.

Undoubtedly, there is more to come, but you know my view. Screw ’em. They can keep him. We have Xaviniesta, with Thiago and Dos Santos waiting in the wings. Our future is secure. Is Fabregas an excellent player? Absolutely. Is he worth all this hooraw? Hell no, and if it weren’t an election year, none of this crap would be going on, as Rosell and Laporta have a “more Catalan than thou” sweepstakes.

Ick.

In other news ….

–The Yaya is days away from making a final decision, according to his agent, who is speaking for the suddenly mute midfielder. Chelsea and Citeh continue to be the front runners for our want-away colossus. We have valued him at 30m, but are expected to be willing to settle for 25m. Stay tuned for that one, as well.

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143 Comments

  1. Kurt
    June 3, 2010

    The only time I don’t like this blog is when the forums get filled up with bile (and text-message spelling) from Arsenal fans.

    Don’t get me wrong; during the Champions League a number of classy Arsenal fans posted thoughts here, and I really appreciated their thoughts and debate. But next time there’s a Cesc article, you ought to abbreviate/avoid his name and club in the post. The loyal readers will know exactly what you’re talking about, and we’ll avoid the trolls!

  2. October 8, 2010

    Geez, It bugs the shit out of me when I hear that this kind of stuff even took place to begin with! Mostly it just pisses me off, but whatever, what’ll change, ya know?!

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