Fabregas delays Spain trip

Barcelona tell midfielder to stay in England until after Super Cup

By Francisco Acedo.   Last Updated: 13/08/11 9:13am

  • Share:
Fabregas: The midfielder is expected to be unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday

Fabregas: The midfielder is expected to be unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday

Sky Bet

Sky Sports sources understand that Barcelona have told Cesc Fabregas to stay in England until after Sunday's Spanish Super Cup.

Following years of interest and speculation, a spokesperson for the European champions announced on Friday lunchtime that the transfer of the Arsenal captain, which is worth a speculated £35million, could finally be completed 'within hours'.

Fabregas was therefore set to fly to Spain this afternoon in order to put the finish touches to his return to his boyhood club before attending Sunday's Super Cup between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has told the midfielder, who is expected to sign a five-year contract and is viewed as a long-term successor to Xavi, to cancel the flight in order to avoid upsetting Arsenal.

Fabregas has not been included in the Premier League club's squad for Saturday's season-opener at Newcastle, however, the Gunners say a sale has yet to be concluded.

Risk

As a result, the 24-year-old will stay in England while the deal is finalised over the weekend and it is expected he will then be unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday.

Arsenal also risk losing Samir Nasri this summer after the Frenchman made it clear that he does not want to sign a new contract, and both Manchester City and Manchester United are interested.

Manager Arsene Wenger, though, is adamant that the Emirates Stadium outfit remain a club of significant magnitude, despite potentially being forced into selling their two best players.

He said at his press conference on Friday morning: "Manchester United let (Cristiano) Ronaldo go, do you think they are not a big club?"

And Wenger was also adamant he was in no hurry to bring new players in.

"Do we want to buy? I don't know because at the moment we have too big a squad, we have too many players," he added.

  • Share:

Related

Fabregas transfer saga

Fabregas: Returned to Barcelona on Monday but Wenger could have got more money

Wenger admits 'reduced' Fab fee

Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal could have got more money for Cesc Fabregas but granted his wish to return to Barcelona.

Fabregas: Has apologised to Arsenal's fans for not explaining his move

Cesc says sorry to Gunners fans

Cesc Fabregas has apologised to Arsenal's fans for keeping quiet over his exit and has vowed to explain his decision in due course.

Fabregas: Spain midfielder has left Arsenal to sign five-year deal with Barcelona

Cesc completes Barca return

Cesc Fabregas has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona to complete his return to Camp Nou after eight years with Arsenal.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Pedro can help United

Pedro can help United

We look at what Barcelona winger Pedro could bring to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.

Athletics in perspective

Athletics in perspective

Sky Academy Scholar Mark English puts a stuttering start to the season in perspective after losing two close friends.

Who spends the most?

Who spends the most?

Jose Mourinho says Arsenal's spending leaves them no excuses. We compare their transfer fees with Chelsea's.