Cesc Fabregas’ move to Chelsea ‘being delayed by Arsenal clause’
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ transfer to Chelsea is being held up by a clause entitling Arsenal to a cut of the profit, according to reports in Spain.
The Gunners are due 50 per cent of any fee for Fabregas above €33m, claims Catalan newspaper Sport.
Barca are holding out for more money, but the Blues hierarchy are unwilling to pay extra, knowing that half of what they pay will go straight into the coffers of Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger was initially reported to be interested in bringing Fabregas back to the Emirates, but that no longer appears to be the case.
That gives Chelsea what looks like a clear run to sign the Spain international. Team-mate Gerard Pique inadvertently disclosed that Fabregas would be sold for €33m when a microphone picked up a conversation between him and Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque.
Since then, Barca have been keen to stress that no deal was agreed at that price.
Neither Barca nor Arsenal have acknowledged the existence of the clause.