It wouldn’t be the football close season without Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas being linked away from the club. It is happening again this summer and with teams from Spain interested, the Gunners have reportedly set their price.
Despite Arsene Wenger stating recently that no enquires had been made about the Spaniard, it is thought that Real Madrid director Jose Angel Sanchez has been in touch with regards to how much it would take to prize the Arsenal skipper to the Bernabeu.
Arsenal’s response to this has been to tell Sanchez that the bidding for Fabregas begins at no less than £54m. Wenger doesn’t want to lose his captain, but if he does, it will be for a hugely significant fee.
The large price tag might not put Real Madrid off either. They are desperate to get one over their rivals Barcelona who are also interested in Fabregas.
Signing the 24-year-old would be massive statement of intent from Madrid as they look to close the gap on Pep Guardiola’s men next season. They would also get a world-class player in their midfield.
Unlike Madrid, Barcelona are unlikely to pay over the odds for Fabregas. They bid £30m for his services last summer and will not go higher.
With the Arsenal man being valued at £54m, it could be suggested that there are three possible options for him this summer.
Firstly, he could stay at Arsenal. Secondly, he could push for a move to Real Madrid and thirdly, he could accept a massive payday from Manchester City who could also afford Arsenal’s asking price.
Wenger is not likely to want to sell to a fellow Premier League club though. In fact, the ideal scenario for him would be not to sell at all. He wants his best players to stay put as Arsenal look to compete in all competitions next season.
However, with Madrid very keen for his signature, it is over to them to see how much money they can offer Arsenal. A fascinating few weeks of back and forth rumours awaits.