Today has been a cesctastical day of words from both our chairman in Peter Hill Wood and then Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola. There has been a lot of debate about whether or not we’re going to sell Cesc Fabregas this summer and a lot of playing down by the manager and Gazidis. Both have been quite adamant that we’re not going to sell Cesc whatsoever, for any price at all.
There has also been a lot of speculation whether a deal was agreed last summer to sell. The club have rejected all reports regarding this and are insistent that they have never agreed to sell Cesc.
However, in contrary to the quotes from Arsene and Ivan, PHW spoke in the tabloids this morning and categorically said that if the right offer came in for Cesc, then we would sell.
“I am not sure how keen they are. There are still stories in the (Spanish) press, but they don’t talk to us. They’ve made one offer, which works out at around £26m, but that was ages ago. But at the moment our situation is very straight-forward: we don’t want to lose him. Obviously if they come up with an offer which was a very good offer we would have to think about it. We have told them a number of times that what they are proposing is unacceptable and yet they haven’t moved on it. I don’t approve of what they are doing, but unfortunately it seems the way of the world right now.”
It’s the first time I’ve really heard us say that we will sell and a sign that we’re now open to the move. Cesc didn’t have his best season last year, but his stats proved that he is a integral part of our team. I don’t think Arsene or Ivan want to lose him – but in light of PHW’s recent comments, how much do you think it will cost Barcelona to force our hand? There were rumours earlier in the season that Barcelona had gone up to £35m but no higher…
But if they came in at £40m, I think we would sell. And I think they know that – which is why they’re trying to get him for a cheaper price…
The next development of the day came from the Barcelona manager who gave us a massive insight to the situation… take a read:
“Last year we were interested in Cesc but Arsenal did not make him available. This year Arsenal have agreed to negotiate and we’re working on it. Prices in the market are what they are right now, but I hope that everything can be resolved. Everything we have done has been with permission of Arsenal and Mr. Wenger knows that. Cesc owes them.”
The question is, is Guardiola lying? Or are Arsenal lying?
Arsenal say no deal agreed, and no sale – Barcelona say he is available and they’re in negotiations… Are we stupid to believe that our club would just say “no”, or are Arsenal the type of club that sells if the price is right? Adebayor and Vieira both say they didn’t want to go (the former’s words questionable), but were sold for high prices – if the offer is right, then surely we are a selling club? Man United parted with Ronaldo for £80m.
Would we part with Cesc for £40m, for £50m, for £60m….?
And if we did, who would replace him?