Cesc Fabregas moves to Barcelona in £31m deal
Cesc Fabregas could be unveiled as a Barcelona player as soon as tomorrow with the Arsenal captain said to be en route to Spain to complete his move and thereby end one of football's longest-ever transfer sagas.
According to reports in Spain, Arsenal have finally granted the midfielder his wish to return to his boyhood club and have accepted a bid thought to be in the region of £31m.
Fabregas is expected to sign a five-year deal and will be unveiled by the Champions League holders before attending the Spanish Super match with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Barcelona players have been quick to make the news public by tweeting their delight at the Spanish international's impending arrival.
Defender Gerard Pique said on his Twitter account: "He's finally here!", while captain Carles Puyol wrote: "Welcome home! Happy to have you here."
Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes was equally pleased that a deal for Fabregas has been wrapped up.
When asked at a press conference today if the arrival of Fabregas was imminent, Valdes was quoted as saying by AS: "I hope so yes and, if the news is confirmed it will be great news, above all for one person, a friend, and the Barcelona fans.
"I'm not disclosing anything, but as you know it is advanced, and although it is not official it will surely be closed very soon."
Arsene Wenger had earlier said at his press conference ahead of the opening weekend of the Premier League season that he didn't expect there to be any departures before the weekend.
"At the moment there is no news. If there is news I promise I will give it. I will decide what's best for the club."