Barcelona admit to under-paying for Fabregas

Barcelona Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted in an interview with Catalan newspaper Sport that the club signed Cesc Fabregas for a fee below his true valuation.

The former La Masia player returned to the Camp Nou after lengthy negotiations throught the summer with Arsenal eventually saw the two clubs agree a €29m initial fee, believed to be worth after clauses, €39m for Arsenal.

Bartomeu has revealed though that in light of the 24-year-old’s impact with the Catalans, that his club have perhaps underpaid for his services: “After seeing the work he has done since his arrival, it is true to say he meets the €60m valuation Arsenal initially demanded.

“The kid is demonstrating a high level and quality after just three weeks of training. The deal was very good. In an open market, Cesc is worth a lot of money and it was complicated to close the deal with negotiations that were very hard.”

These comments are further compounded from Arsenal’s viewpoint by Fabregas’ interview with El Pais that revealed Arsene Wenger’s role in convincing the Arsenal board to move on their initial refusal to sell the player, and to then lower their asking price on him.

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