Transfer deadline day draws ever closer without a conclusion to the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga in sight but both Arsenal and Barcelona appear ready to put in the work to ensure that a deal is finally reached this summer.
Despite participating in an open training session earlier this week, Arsene Wenger didn’t take his captain to Portugal as part of the travelling party for a friendly against Benfica, stating that he wasn’t injured but isn’t ready.
He said: “I do not want to speak about the transfer of Fabregas because I have done that for three years now in every press conference, so I don’t think there is any more need to add something.
“I love Fabregas and I want him to stay. He is just coming back from injury and is not ready to play in a game. But he is not injured.”
Gunners chief executive Ivan Gadzidis meanwhile is reported to have held fresh talks with Barcelona officials over the midfieler, however the BBC claim that the European champions are yet to better their snubbed £27 million bid.
Arsenal, whose prospects of challenging for the title aren’t being helped by the uncertainty, hence odds of 10/1, are able to hurry Barcelona now though because if he faces Udinese on August 16, he will be cup tied in the Champions League.
That inspired reports that Pep Guardiola’s side have a ten-day deadline to complete a deal or else be forced to wait another year, yet Wenger’s suggestion that he might not be fit for the start of the season hints that he might miss that one anyway.
The French tactician has been far more defeatist about his chances of keeping Fabregas this summer than he has in previous windows however and the likelihood is that the saga will finally be put to and end over the next few weeks.