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Arsenal look ready to sell Nasri and Fabregas

With the loss of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri looking increasingly likely, Arsenal are preparing themselves for a frantic last few weeks of the transfer window.

Cesc looks about as tired of all this as we are.
Cesc looks about as tired of all this as we are.
Image: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images

ARSENAL ARE GROWING resigned to the loss of their two stand-out players from last season.

Barcelona are increasingly confident of finalising a deal this week for the club’s talismanic midflielder, Cesc Fabregas, bringing to an end a lengthy and disruptive courting process that’s spanned nearly two seasons, according to today’s Independent.

The clubs appear to have settled on a final payment of a little under £30m, considerably lower than Arsenal’s initial valuation, with the possibility of an additional  £5m in add-ons, should Barcelona’s title-winning success continue.

Nasri, on the other hand, has found himself the subject of a £25m bid from Manchester City. Tempted by their offer to make him one of the highest-paid players in international football, the Frenchman has set his sights on leaving Emirates.

“Nasri is out of contract next summer and already had a £200,000-a-week deal on the table from City… Although it has been suggested that Fabregas will take a pay cut in his £120,000-a-week wages, the reality is that the player will simply accept a lower offer from Barcelona than the improvement on his existing deal that he could have earned by signing a new contract at Arsenal.”

It appears that neither player will be included in the Arsenal squad to face Newcastle this weekend.

The deals are expected to leave Arsenal Wenger with a transfer fund of nearly £60m, but only a little over a fortnight in which to bolster his depleted squad. The signing of Valencia’s Juan Mata appears the immediate priority, with the signing of another midfielder and centre-back looking inevitable.

For more information read this story from the Independent>

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