Pep Guardiola claims that Barca “will fight to the end to try to sign Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad.” It doesn’t seem that Guardiola understands the way transfers work, and neither do the rest of the Barca squad. The constant comments to the media regarding Fabregas’ proposed transfer only serve to make their club seem less and less impressive. They play great football, have great players and win loads of trophies, but there is a clear lack of class. He says that the Catalan club will continue to try to sign him until 31st August. However, I reckon that Wenger will want to get his transfer deals done before the season starts. With such a busy beginning to our campaign, Arsène should look to have the squad sorted well before our trip to Newcastle.
Apparently Arsenal are set to hold out for a £40 million offer, although Barca only offered around £27 million earlier in the summer. That bid was rejected, and rightly so. In my opinion, and that of many Gooners, Cesc Fabregas is worth far more than £40 million. He should probably be valued closer to £50 million, especially when we consider that he has a few years left on his contract.
Both Wenger’s and Guardiola’s comments, along with Cesc’s silence, and our captain’s “injury” (which, as was commented on the blog yesterday, will surely disappear the moment he signs for Barca) all indicate that Fabregas will be leaving the club this summer.
Likeliness Rating: 4.5/5
As we revealed earlier in the week, the deal for Joel Campbell seems to be slipping away. Although he is yet to sign elsewhere, he has been contacted by another Premier League club as well as Fiorentina and possibly some clubs in France. Deportivo Saprissa’s President was not happy that the Arsenal deal wasn’t finalised, saying that “it’s a shame that Costa Rican football could not have a player at Arsenal at this time.”
Some sources say that Joel will wait for the Copa America to finish until he makes a decision on his future. After missing out on Ricky Alvarez, Wenger would not be pleased to lose out on Joel Campbell. His stats are impressive, and Campbell’s rise to first-team international football has been spectacular. This deal is far from out of our reach, but it is becoming less likely by the day.
Likeliness Rating: 2/5