Friday, 24 June 2011

Barca's £27m Fabregas bid rejected - Samba's plea - Alvarez deal close

Morning Gooners.

Barcelona really have no respect for Arsenal Football Club and Cesc Fabregas.

I say this because The Sun report Barca president Sandro Rosell made a £27million bid offer for our captain.

Yes, that's not a misprint... £27m for a world class midfielder - one of Europe's best according to OPTA statistics. That's half a Fernando Torres or three quarters of an Andy Carroll.

The offer was turned down without hesitation by CEO Ivan Gazidis. What I'd prefer Gazidis to have done is used a tactic I do with cold callers: told Rosell to hold on the line and then get on with other stuff, eventually to have returned to the Spaniard on the phone and told him to do one.

Quite frankly Barcelona are wasting our time and Cesc's reputation as one of Europe's best midfielders with such a derisory offer. They are seriously underestimating his value - just like they did last summer. I think they do this because they have a chip on their shoulder about the fact he chose to leave them and become a first team player with us rather than wait around in the background at the Camp Nou for his chance with them.

Arsene Wenger has fast tracked him into the team. Built the formation around him and allowed him the time and space to develop into one of the very best midfielders in the world. To think Arsenal would even consider a bid of £27m for him...

Even with all his wear and tear, he is still a better player than Fernando Torres. Barca aren't stupid - or at least I don't think they are - and know that the figure they offered would be accepted by the Arsenal board. All this talk of an agreement between Wenger and Cesc - which would allow him to leave this summer after staying last summer - is a load of rubbish. The manager wouldn't make such a pledge, especially as he's a stickler for keeping to his word on his own contract.

And what must Cesc be thinking. He's made no secret of his desire to one day return to the club he supported as a boy. But this really is a slap in the face. Are Barca showing a bit of tough love to remind their youth team players this is what will happen to you if you decide to move on and further yourself as a player, turn into one of the world's best midfielders that every manager would give their all to have in their team?

What I expect to happen is for Barca to return with a slightly improved offer but not enough to tempt us to sell and then announce to the world they've been forced to give up on Cesc because Arsenal are making unreasonable demands on them... a fee fitting a world class player. Cesc will stay and see out his contract with the club until 2015 and leave for nothing.

There are a couple of other stories doing the rounds today. The Daily Mirror report Christopher Samba wants to take up a better opportunity is one presents itself than playing for Blackburn. If that's what he really wants why did he sign a five year deal with Rovers in January when he knew that had Steve Keen been able to get a replacement for him he'd been an Arsenal player. He knew of our interest then and there was nothing to suggest we wouldn't go back for him in the summer. But his only thought was his own greed and decided to take Blackburn's money - making it more difficult for us to sign him now.

Carlos Vela won't be sold according to his agent. The Sun report the Mexican's agent believes he's part of Wenger's plans for the coming season. If this is indeed true, you've got to think Vela is in the last chance saloon. Either he forces his way into the team or he'll be sold next summer.

The Daily Mail think we're still hot on the chance for Italian passport holding Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Alvarez. A few clubs have pulled out of the race to sign him, so if Arsenal's interest is still there you've got to hope we're in with a chance of signing him.

The Times also report Arsene Wenger is monitoring Joey Barton's situation saying we're yet to make an official approach to Newcastle for the 28-year-old.

And finally the Daily Mirror run a story about the official site closing down its forum. I used to go on it years ago but didn't even know it still existed. From reading the quotes from fans in the story there is already a place where doomers can go and spread there love for Arsenal and that shouldn't be on a forum on the official site. Blogs, Facebook and Twitter are the best places for continued debate about the club, not within its own forum.

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