Cesc Fabregas can leave for £30m, Barcelona tell Premier League suitors
Barcelona have told Premier League clubs that Cesc Fabregas can leave the Nou Camp this summer for £30 million.
Although Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed Fabregas is not for sale, it is understood a £30m price tag has been put on the Spaniard’s head and circulated to clubs who may be interested.
United claim they are not currently considering making a renewed bid for Fabregas, but Arsenal, City and Chelsea are keen to be kept informed of his situation.
Fabregas is preparing himself for the fact he will be forced out of Barca and is interested in a move back to the Premier League.
Arsenal have a buy-back option on Fabregas as part of the deal that saw him return to Barcelona in 2011, but that is dependent on the 27-year-old informing the Spanish club that he wants to go back to the Emirates.
City are ready to target Fabregas as a replacement for Yaya Toure if the Ivory Coast midfielder cannot be convinced to stay at Eastlands.
Fabregas is four years younger than Toure and would count as a home-grown player under Financial Fair Play rules, having first joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old.
His £100,000-a-week wages are also significantly lower than Toure’s, which would also benefit City’s FFP situation.
City were fined £49m, £32m of which is suspended, and can only name a 21-man Champions League squad next season after failing FFP rules.
Arsenal have no such FFP worries and will make a move for Fabregas if a rival Premier League club tries to sign him.
Manager Arsene Wenger needs at least one striker, a physical midfielder, a right-back and a deputy goalkeeper but would be reluctant to stand back and allow Fabregas to return to England to anywhere but Arsenal.