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Man Utd Make €30m Fabregas Bid – Arsenal’s £25m Buy-Back Clause Activated?
According to reports today, Manchester United have tabled a €30m (£25.9) bid for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas – which may have triggered our £25m buy-back clause.
The champions are still smarting after seeing Thiago Alcantara snub them in favour of a move to Bayern Munich and it seems they’ve wasted little time in moving on to other targets, with several media outlets reporting they’ve submitted a formal offer for Fabregas today.
The majority of papers are going along with Spanish journalists Guillem Balague in claiming the offer is €30m (£25.9) but Sky Sports News seems to think it’s nearer £35m.
Manchester United have just made a 30 million euros offer for Cesc Fabregas. More on @diarioas soon
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 15, 2013
What also remains unclear is our supposed buy-back clause and how it comes into effect. Some are suggesting it’s a simple first refusal clause that means we have first dibs if Barcelona decide to sell or the player asks to leave, and only we can buy him for a fixed price of £25m.
Others say that we can only buy Cesc back for the fixed fee of £25m if another club submits an offer, in which case United could have done us a favour. While others are claiming the clause will only be triggered if Fabregas asks to leave for Arsenal. If he didn’t specifically request a move to the Emirates, then any other club could agree a deal with Barcelona and sign him and there’s nothing we could do about it. This seems highly unlikely to me and I’ve never heard of a clause like this before, but you never know.
Many newspapers are also reporting that Fabregas is unhappy in Spain due to his lack of playing time and regular starts in midfield, but this goes against everything the player himself stated only a few weeks ago:
“I’ve always said that I’m happy at Barca,” he said. “Whoever says that I’m leaving doesn’t know me and has never spoken with me.
“Nor with my agent, because he knows that I don’t want him to talk with other people about me. I’m very private and I don’t even talk about these things with my family.
“If someone says anything that isn’t that I want to play at Barca, it’s completely absurd.” Fabregas is quoted as saying by the Telegraph
Despite the fact there is a World Cup next summer and Cesc will no doubt be keen to secure more first team football, I still don’t see him leaving Barcelona this summer. And even if he did, I think there’s only one club he’d play for in the Premier League and it sure ain’t United.
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Do you think Fabregas will leave and if so, would he sign for United?