In an embarrassing outburst of amateur psychology, Barca President Sandro Rosell made a bizarre claim in his latest efforts to unsettle our captain and prise him from north London on the cheap:
“If last summer we offered 40m euros (£35.1m) for Cesc, since then there has been wear and tear, now he’s worth less.”
Wear and tear? You are not haggling for a second hand Mondeo you classless cretin, you are talking about the world’s best midfielder under the age of 25 – a player who will not reach his peak for another three or four years yet.
And who says that just because you offered £35m last year that was his true worth anyway? If a club offered £5m for Messi would that be his generally accepted value? Unlike Nasri, Cesc has three years left on his contract and Arsenal can dictate his transfer value thank you very much.
Barca are only talking about him being worth so little because they are relatively cash strapped this summer. With a transfer budget of only €45m they are reluctant to spend all of it on Cesc which is good news in our battle to hold on to him. Fabregas himself recently said he was happy at Arsenal, but closer examination of his quote reveals that he would still make the move if it came about:
“I am very happy where I am. Anything else would be speculation that is untrue. There have been no decisions. It doesn’t always depend on the player and at the moment I don’t know anything. You can never say never in this life as so many things happen that you can never predict. Barca is the best team in the world and going there guarantees titles.”
Reading between the lines, he’s saying that everything’s out of his control and he’d be happy to stay at Arsenal if the transfer doesn’t happen. But if the clubs do agree a deal he’d go because Barcelona are the best team in the world and he’ll win some trophies (something that won’t happen at Arsenal while Wenger perseveres with Project Youth).
So with Fabregas not going to push the matter and Barca seemingly short of funds, we’ve an excellent chance of keeping our best player. The ball is in Rosell’s court now, but with Xavi 31 already and Fabregas his heir apparent, I expect a ridiculous bid from the Catalans before the summer is out. From what he’s been saying, I fully expect Rosell to fax over an offer of £25m… plus his SEAT Leon in part exchange.
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