The summers longest transfer saga has shown no end of ending as Arsenal and Barcelona negotiate a price for Cesc Fabregas. The two have been in negotiations all summer but Arsenal have refused to budge on their asking price and Barcelona have said they will not go above their £35m valuation for the player. The 'will he wont he' transfer saga of the past two years looks set to continue long into July and August. Here is what today's papers have had to say on the transfer.
The Daily Mail claim that Barcelona have warned Arsenal that they are prepared to hold out to the last minute of the transfer window to sign Cesc Fabregas. The continued uncertainty surrounding the future of Cesc Fabregas is causing great angst to Arsene Wenger, and the newspaper claims that the Frenchman is not sure whether he should invest in a replacement yet.
Barcelona's Vice President Josep Bartomeu has said that the club are willing to sit back and wait to the very last moment to get the best deal for the player. He said: He said: 'The experience of the last few years and of last season shows us that we have right up until the last minute before the season starts [to sign players]. 'We made signings very late last season. We have the best team in the world so we can afford to be patient. There is no rush; we have until the last moment.'
The paper concludes that Cesc Fabregas hopes to complete a deal by the end of the week and has made it clear he wants to join the Catalan giants this summer.
The Sun have a rather different take on the transfer saga. The tabloid has claimed that Cesc Fabregas has told team mates that he will never play for Arsenal again. The Sun claim that a deal between the two is nearing completion for Arsenal's captain. The paper does suggest that although Arsenal have rejected an initial bid for the Spaniard, the clubs are not too far off an agreement that would see Fabregas make his dream move to Barcelona.
The Metro claims that Barcelona will offer either Eric Abidal or Maxwell to Arsenal in order to speed up a deal for Cesc Fabregas. The paper claims that Wenger could be interested in Abidal but would not see a use for Maxwell at the Emirates. Abidal would fit the mould as an ideal replacement for Gael Clichy but he is a very popular figure at the Nou Camp and would take a massive incentive to leave the club. The paper also claims that Barcelona would be wasting their time in offering Arsene Wenger a make weight as he and Arsenal will not budge on the £40m asking price.
Finally, the star online has claimed that Cesc Fabregas has told Arsenal that we wants to leave the club by the end of this week and will not travel with the squad on their preseason tour to the Far-East. Fabregas is determined to leave London as soon as possible and knows his future lies in Barcelona's hands. If Barcelona want him, they will pay the full increase their offer says the website.