Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has stated that he is happy to remain at the club amid speculation he is set to move to Barcelona. The 24-year-old midfielder has made no secret of his desire to move to Spain in recent seasons but he told Sky, ‘I am an Arsenal player. I have been very happy for eight years and I am very happy’.
It has been reported that Barcelona would need to pay a figure of around £40 million to secure the midfielder but they are unwilling to pay a figure that high for someone who may not necessarily be guaranteed a starting place in their midfield. He moved from the Catalan club to London in 2003 at the tender age of 16 and is seen as the ideal man to replace Xavi who turned 31 in January. Fabregas has remained respectful to his current club however and believes Arsene Wenger is the man who will ultimately make the final decision.
Fabregas won the 2010 World Cup with Spain but has only secured one major honour with Arsenal when they picked up the FA Cup in 2005. He has seen his international team-mates at Barcelona pick up numerous honours in that time including two Champions League trophies and it is believed that Fabregas doubts Arsenal’s ability to perform at the highest level. Spanish Under-21 midfielder Thiago, who was fantastic against England on Sunday, has been mooted as a possible makeweight in the deal, something which would be seen as an attractive proposition by Arsenal’s fans.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is set for a final round of talks with French star Samir Nasri before deciding whether he will be forced to sell the midfielder this summer. Wenger is also expected to tell Nasri he will do everything in his power to stop him moving to rivals Manchester United even if he refuses to sign a new contract, something which would be seen as a sour pill to swallow for their fans. With just one year left on his contract, Nasri knows he is in a strong position and is therefore in no rush to make a final decision. More news can be found at www.arsenal.com.