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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Xavi gets involved in Fabregas transfer saga

Cesc Fabregas's potential move to Barcelona is not only the most boring transfer saga of the summer, it's also becoming one of the most sport's unsavoury episodes in some time.

Despite having been told on several occasions that the player is not for sale and Arsenal will not entertain any bids. They know that their premier league tournament odds will be affected if Fabregas leaves, but the Spanish giants have not gone away.

The latest face to join the fray is Barcelona midfielder Xavi, who has claimed it is "inevitable" that Fabregas will join his side sooner or later.

Speaking to the Daily Express he said: "If we don't manage to get his signature this season then Arsenal only really have him on loan for a year - because there is nothing they can do to stop him joining next summer."

Barcelona have not given up on signing the player this season, but they are willing to wait, Xavi added.

In response, most Arsenal fans would probably ask what on earth it has to do with him. Xavi doesn't hold the purse strings at Barcelona and it's doubtful he has any influence on the comings and goings there, so why stick his oar in?

From the outside it appears he has been enlisted by those in charge at Barca to increase the pressure both on Arsenal and Fabregas himself. If that's the case, it's a rather underhand thing to do.

Fabregas is more than capable of making up his own mind about things and Barca should accept this. They want him to improve their championship winning odds even further, but this is going to far.

These days, it's almost impossible to keep a player at a club against his will, so if he does want to leave he will.

However, Arsenal will no doubt hold out for what they consider an acceptable price so if Barca are serious about signing the player, maybe they should stop talking about it in the press and get round to submitting a bid which reflects Fabregas's value to his current club.

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