La Liga - Fabregas set for Barca move

Thu, 11 Aug 09:53:00 2011

Arsenal are expected to lose two key midfielders before the start of the Premier League season on Saturday with both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri reportedly on the brink of leaving the club.

La Liga - Arsenal to lose stars

The lengthy saga surrounding the future of captain Fabregas looks to be resolved imminently as reports indicate the Gunners are ready to accept an offer of £25.4 million, with a further £5.3m coming in adds-on, from his former club Barcelona.

Fabregas is also expected to sacrifice £4.4m in wages, to be paid to Arsenal, in order to help facilitate a deal that has been well over a year in the making.

But as well as contemplating the loss of their captain, Arsenal are also believed to be hours away from losing another crucial component of their midfield.

Le Parisien and France Football both report that Nasri is on the brink of joining Manchester City in a £22m deal, having refused to sign a new contract at Emirates Stadium.

The loss of both players would leave Arsenal short of options ahead of Saturday's opening fixture against Newcastle and their important Champions League play-off, first leg tie against Udinese next week.

In July, Arsene Wenger admitted that the loss of both players would call Arsenal's ambition into question.

"Imagine the worst situation - we lose Fabregas and Nasri - you cannot convince people you are ambitious after that," he said.

"And even if you lose Nasri, to find the same quality player, you have to spend again the same amount of money. Because you cannot say, you lose the player and you do not replace him.

"I believe for us it is important the message we give out. For example, you talk about Fabregas leaving, Nasri leaving.

"If you give that message out, you cannot pretend you are a big club, because a big club first of all holds onto its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and take away from you."


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