Arsenal have finally accepted an offer from Barcelona for the transfer of their captain Cesc Fabregas to the Camp Nou.
Fabregas started his career as a trainee with FC Barcelona but was signed by Arsenal in September 2003 at the age of 16. Following injuries to key midfielders in the 2004–05 season, he established himself as Arsenal’s starting central midfielder and playmaker.
The transfer is subject to the completion of formal legal agreements and registration processes, together with Fabregas agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. These will happen on Monday.
The sum involved in the deal is unknown yet, but it is believed Fabregas will cost Barcelona a fee not less than €40-million.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “We have been clear that we didn’t want Cesc to leave and that remains the case. However, we understand Cesc’s desire to move to his home town club and have now accepted an offer from Barcelona. We thank Cesc for his contribution at Arsenal and wish him future success.”
In the 2010 World cup Final, Fàbregas set up the extra-time winner for Iniesta to win Spain the World Cup for the first time in their history.