Wednesday 23 August 2017

Fabregas transfer still in the picture but Arsenal hold firm

Ben Rumsby

Arsenal avoided any embarrassment over Cesc Fabregas' involvement in their annual Members Day yesterday as the club captain faced supporters for the first time in more than three months.

Fabregas could have been forgiven for expecting a frosty reception as he took to the pitch with the rest of his team-mates for an open training session at the Emirates Stadium, but there were no jeers for the 24-year-old, despite his apparent desire to quit the club for Barcelona.

Heavy rain also forced the club to postpone their official team photo, which may ultimately spare them being left with one that includes Fabregas were he to leave.

Whether Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri end up in it remains to be seen, with the former the subject of a reported £35m bid from Barca, and the latter being pursued by Manchester City and Chelsea.

Arsenal are holding out for more money for Fabregas and there have been suggestions they could use the threat of playing him in their upcoming Champions League qualifier as a negotiating tactic.

While they may be prepared to let Fabregas leave for the right price, Arsenal insist they have no intention of selling Nasri, who has refused to extend his contract, which expires next summer.

One player who could be on his way out of Arsenal, however, is Emmanuel Eboue, who has been linked with a £3.5m move to Galatasaray.

Wenger is still trying to strengthen his squad and is understood to have failed in a bid to sign Valencia winger Juan Mata.

Irish Independent

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