Fabregas, Nasri and Eboue join Clichy as ‘former Gunners’
Arsenal are now saying goodbye to captain Cesc Fabregas, as Barcelona made the finishing touches on a £30m recruit (which could rise up to £35m) today.
The Gunners have finally agreed to end the long-running annual transfer saga and according to reports, the 24-year-old will be welcomed in Spain next week.
Fabregas, who is out of the Arsenal squad to face Newcastle tomorrow, has already received cheers from new teammates Victor Valdes and Gerard Pique on twitter for his decision to return home. But despite all the latest coming from the Barca camp about the transfer, Wenger continued his bizarre tight-lipped policy about on-going deals, refusing to confirm nor deny his skipper’s obvious exit.
“Cesc is not on strike. Cesc is not injured, he’s not match fit. I don’t want to go any deeper than that,” Wenger said on Friday.
Joining Fabregas out of north London is Samir Nasri who is subject to a £22M move to Manchester City. The French midfielder refused to renew his current one-year contract at Arsenal and has instead agreed to a huge salary upgrade with the Blues.
Nasri – set for a medical in Manchester next week – is likely to reclaim his no. 8 shirt at his new club with Shaun Wright-Phillips’ transfer to Bolton imminent.
” I hope we can do it this week.” Roberto Mancini said on Nasri’s move.
And adding to the Arsenal exodus is Emmanuel Eboue who has joined Turkish side Galatasary.
Returning from international duty with his country, the 28-year-old revealed to Ivorian news station, Radio Abidjan, that his move to Turkey will be sealed no later than next week.
“I should be presented to Galatasaray by Thursday”. Eboue said.
Eboue’s no. 27 shirt at Arsenal has now been taken up by countryman Gervinho.