Arsenal have first refusal to buy back new Barcelona signing Cesc Fabregas as part of the £35m deal that sent the midfielder to the Nou Camp, according to the Mirror.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted on the clause during negotiations and also has a clause in the contract that gives Arsenal 50% of a transfer fee if Barcelona sell the midfielder elsewhere. Arsenal believe that their months of haggling over a deal have paid off and they have a better deal than Barca are suggesting.
The Spanish giants will pay £14.5m up front and another £14.5m in October. The rest of the money will be made through success and bonus add-ons. Fabregas signed a £100,000 a week deal and has spoken of his regret about not being able to lift a trophy as Arsenal captain, but is proud of the service he gave to the Gunners.
Fabregas said: “No player is bigger than a club and I was no bigger than Arsenal. I was just a servant and spent eight years there where I gave absolutely everything. It didn’t show in the cabinet and this is the biggest regret I will have. I will always be an Arsenal fan, because what they have done for me is unbelievable and I will never forget it.”
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Wenger: Life after Cesc.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that the Gunners will survive without Cesc Fabregas, just like they have done in the past, talkSPORT reports.
The Frenchman took a defiant stance following the transfer of the Spaniard to Barcelona and is ready to move on to more important things with the club and tonight’s Champions League playoff against Udinese at the Emirates Stadium.
“This club is 125 years old and many big players have left the club and the club went on. We want to show we have the strength and the unity to fight on. We have bought some very good players and overall, the feeling inside the squad and the desire is very strong,” Wenger said.
Wenger is also interested in persuading Samir Nasri to stay at Arsenal and will be trying to negotiate a new contract with the French midfielder. Wenger added: “Ideally I want Nasri to stay, but as much as we were in a strong position on the contract side with Cesc, the situation is a bit different, but hopefully we can sort it out. I would like to keep Samir.”
Walcott’s revelations upset Capello.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has criticised England manager Fabio Capello’s management techniques in his new autobiography, The Guardian reports.
Capello has been left unimpressed with Walcott’s words and is expected to raise concerns over what the Arsenal wide-man has said should he be selected for next month’s European Championship qualifying ties against Bulgaria and Wales. In the book, Theo: Growing Up Fast, Walcott reveals what happened at the national team camp before the World Cup 2010 in South Africa and the serialisation of the book in The Sun newspaper has blown the lid on Capello’s man-management skills.
The winger describes Capello as “cold and clinical” and the England squad become separated into their different club teams, with the staff becoming tense. Capello also screamed at Walcott within training when he made a run from inside his wide position. The Italian manager said to Walcott: “I will kill you, if you come inside like that again.”
Walcott’s revelations of Capello’s disciplinarian approach are hardly revelatory, but the revelations of the players being scared of the manager will not be helpful to the overall morale and confidence in Capello’s skills as the England manager. Walcott’s book is released on the 18th August and looks set to be explosive regarding his experiences within the world of football.
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