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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Barca finally get their man

Barcelona have completed the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.

The Spanish midfielder returns to his boyhood club after passing a medical and signing five-year deal worth an estimated £35 million.

Fabregas was unveiled in front of a large crowd at the Nou Camp and the Spanish and European champions have inserted a $200 million clause buy-out clause into his contract.

The 24-year-old’s transfer brings the curtain down on one of the longest running transfer sagas that has seen the Catalan Giants trying to sign their former midfielder for a number of years.

The Arsenal captain has been unsettled by the transfer speculation during the summer and has finally prized his way from the London club.

Fabregas, who leaves Arsenal on good terms, paid tribute to his Gunners manager Arsene Wenger after departing the Emirates Stadium.

He said: “The relationship was fantastic. I spoke to him on Friday to say goodbye and I got very emotional because he’s been like a father-figure to me.

“I couldn’t even talk at one stage when I wanted to say how grateful I was for what he has done for me.”

Fabregas could not be the only player leaving the Emirates this week, with the possible sale of fellow midfielder Samir Nasri.

The French midfielder has been linked with a move to both Manchester clubs this summer and could be on the verge of joining City.

Those looking at football betting tips regularly note how Roberto Mancini has been a long admirer of Nasri and has admitted his interest in the Gunners playmaker.

Nasri has upset the Gunners faithful after calling them disrespectful following chanting during the goalless draw with Newcastle in their opening Premier League fixture.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been charged with failing to control their players during the game at St James Park.

The Gunners saw Gervinho sent off on his English football debut after clashing with Magpies bad boy Joey Barton.

Midfielder Alex Song has also been charged after appearing to stamp on Barton during the first half of the clash.

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