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

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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

summer.

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

seems.

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

departure.

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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