Pep Guardiola has claimed Arsenal have agreed to negotiate an offer made for Cesc Fabregas. They have already failed with a 27 million pound bid, but the Barcalona manager is still hopeful of securing the 24 year old’s services and is convinced Fabregas is determined to move to Barca this season. Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, he said,
“This year Arsenal has agreed to negotiate and we are working on it,”
” Barcelona has made an offer, Arsenal another and we have time until August 31 and we’ll try to reach an agreement.
“It is easier for Cesc in this way because he fits the template, but I know these things cannot always be done.”
He added that the club have enough money to sign both Fabregas and Sanchez.
“The club has saved money to try to sign him,”
“We will try until the end try to bring him. I hope that eventually everything can be arranged. But sometimes things cannot be done.
“We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad.”
The Arsenal captain did not travel to the pre season tour of Asia due to a hamstring injury and is a doubt for the trip to Germany on saturday against Cologne, which has left some fans doubting whether he really is injured. However Guardiola has rubished this claim, saying
“Cesc has to do what Arsenal ask of him, I do not like this insinuation that he has told them he will not play. When he is well then Wenger will play him.”
Talk over the lack of finances available to Guardiola have also been dismissed, saying they have money for both Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, although Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta insists Sanchez is a priority signing.
“Alexis has a lot of potential and I’m told he’s a very good boy and that is close to the profile you want,” he said.
He also admitted negotiations are “in a final process” and said: “We expect a happy ending and that Alexis is here with us soon.”
But should Cesc, our captain, leave? Leave you answer in comments.