Arsenal have buy-back clause in Fabregas’ Barca deal


Arsenal have negotiated first refusal to buy Cesc Fabregas back from Barcelona as part of the deal that saw the Gunners skipper switch from the Emirates to the Nou Camp.

That’s according to the Daily Mirror, which claims that chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted on the clause as the club drove a hard bargain with the European champions.

And if we do not buy him back, we will get 50 per cent of any fee if Barcelona sell Fabregas elsewhere, it is reported. The paper adds that it leaves Arsenal believing that months of haggling have paid off – and that it is a better deal than Barca are suggesting.

However, AW himself has admitted the Catalans got Cesc on the cheap. He said: “We sold Cesc for a reduced fee. If you can make an auction between Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City, you will certainly get more money, but he just wanted to go to Barcelona.

“Cesc went because he was desperate to play for his home town at a club where his grandfather was a member of the committee. It’s not a financial affair but one of the heart.”

AW added in the Sun: “Yes, we lost a world-class player and we are sad about it. We did fight to keep him but in the end we have to respect the player’s desire. This club is 125 years old and many big players have left. We want to show we have strength and unity to fight as we always do.”

Arsenal face a crucial CL game tonight against Udinese at the Ems and AW has called for the disgruntled fans to back the team. He told the Telegraph: “I understand everybody’s worry but I believe as well a club is a united front. Our players need the support from our fans. We have not to forget that the most important thing to keep your best players is that they have love from the fans and everybody inside the club.

“Our fans can be proud of the way we run this club, of the quality of player we have and of the financial situation that is existing at the club. Rather than convicting this club, they have more reason to be proud. It is an important period for this club, but I am confident we will get over it in a very successful way. We need to remain united.”

AW has given the biggest hint yet that he won’t be spending money on new recruits despite Cesc going and Nasri on his way. He added: “I don’t think just spending money is a target that is defendable. We are not frightened to spend money, but we have to be convinced the player is better than what we have.

“Everybody says to me: ‘Buy’. But when I say ‘who?’ there is a no-man’s land. We will try but let’s not forget that we have brought players in. They are all quality. If you watched our two centre-backs on Saturday, I’m not convinced we have a lack of quality there. We have Ramsey, Wilshere and upcoming players who have to take responsibility.”

Decent bit of banter from AW over Nik Bendtner, who could play tonight. The striker has already insisted publicly he wants to leave Arsenal, and Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle and Sunderland have all shown interest.

But Bendtner has yet to find himself a new club and – despite missing all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies – is in the squad for the first leg of their Champions League qualifying tie against Udinese. Robin van Persie’s suspension and Marouane Chamakh’s lack of form look like combining to produce a remarkable return for Bendtner, who trained with the first team on Monday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed the Dane could even stay at the club, despite Bendtner going on TV last week to plead for a move. AW told the Mirror: “In his interview Bendtner, said he was gone. But I checked, and he’s not gone at all! I promised I’d let him go if he found the right club and that hasn’t changed. When I make a promise, I keep it.

“But if he doesn’t find the right opportunity, he’ll stay and fight for his place like everybody else. He looks sharp in training.”

CARL ELDRIDGE – Follow me on Twitter @eldomedia

  • Clint

    are you sure this isnt just your FM game you’re writing about? the whole story sounds utterly ridiculous.

  • Clint

    are you sure this isnt just your FM game you’re writing about? the whole story sounds utterly ridiculous.

  • Clint

    are you sure this isnt just your FM game you’re writing about? the whole story sounds utterly ridiculous.

  • Clint

    are you sure this isnt just your FM game you’re writing about? the whole story sounds utterly ridiculous.

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Surrey Gunner

    This article feels like it has been written by somebody in the PR department who stitched together a couple of quotes from high placed sources. I know what this article is trying to do, but……
    Of course Cesc want to go back to Barcelona, of course we would have been useless to us this season. To interpret a buyback clause or sell on clause as a victory of negotiation just seems plain mad. New
    Barcelona have once again mugged on the negotiating table, they know they have a sensational player at knockdown prices. They also mugged us on the field, when they meet in March. No doubt a play or get sent off for breathing in the general direction of the referee. I really can’t tell you how much I hate Barcelona their campaign over the last 2 to 3 years has been disgraceful. (I’m being mild)

    We hate Barcelona and we hate Barcelona. We are the Barcelona haters!

  • Ankit

    Something needs to be done……today we have our tie in Champions League…..we hav almost a B team who will be appearing …..no Van Persie,Wishere,Fab(sold),Nasri(supposed to be injured….whatever !!!)……i mean no offence but frimpong,rosicky,young chap chamberlain…..where are we ??? Promises are made then easily broken !!! We need a left back….but yet again we are pursuing with mediocre Gibbs ? I have a question for Arsene……does Gibbs have half the quality to play in champions league ???Running here and there….poor on negotiating with current players and prospective targets ! Young chaps come and join our club…by the time when they are reaching their prime….they leave the club !!! People around….other clubs are making fun of Arsenal….does this make any effect on Arsene…it does’nt !!! Are we fools ??? Its not easy being an Arsenal Fan !A great team is made with the adequate mixture of youth and experience ! You say you are not afraid to spend but you need to find players worth the money…..then I believe Wenger you are suffering from Conjectivites or you live in a limbo. I feel that the team will clearly be low on confidence after departure of Fabregas…..get a big signing as you promised some time back !!! It was newcastle remember so your back line did’nt suffer that much…..what will happen when suarez or rooney/berbatov/hernanadez dribble down your face in the coming fixtures…..time is running out……Please for the sake of the CANNON ON THE CHEST WE PLAY FOR….DO SOMETHING !

    • Anonymous

      Don’t worry, We’ve still got Nicklas Bendtner!!!

    • Eamon O’Neill

      The real pressure is coming on Arsene and the Board when we (at best) draw against Udinese tonight with our B team and then of course lose the second leg.     I hope AW and the Board have been preparing for this pressure because this train is fast coming down the line – more excuses after tonight won’t wash – no more lies.    If we are not going to sign anyone before months end then FFS SAY SO!!!!!!!!

  • Ankit

    Something needs to be done……today we have our tie in Champions League…..we hav almost a B team who will be appearing …..no Van Persie,Wishere,Fab(sold),Nasri(supposed to be injured….whatever !!!)……i mean no offence but frimpong,rosicky,young chap chamberlain…..where are we ??? Promises are made then easily broken !!! We need a left back….but yet again we are pursuing with mediocre Gibbs ? I have a question for Arsene……does Gibbs have half the quality to play in champions league ???Running here and there….poor on negotiating with current players and prospective targets ! Young chaps come and join our club…by the time when they are reaching their prime….they leave the club !!! People around….other clubs are making fun of Arsenal….does this make any effect on Arsene…it does’nt !!! Are we fools ??? Its not easy being an Arsenal Fan !A great team is made with the adequate mixture of youth and experience ! You say you are not afraid to spend but you need to find players worth the money…..then I believe Wenger you are suffering from Conjectivites or you live in a limbo. I feel that the team will clearly be low on confidence after departure of Fabregas…..get a big signing as you promised some time back !!! It was newcastle remember so your back line did’nt suffer that much…..what will happen when suarez or rooney/berbatov/hernanadez dribble down your face in the coming fixtures…..time is running out……Please for the sake of the CANNON ON THE CHEST WE PLAY FOR….DO SOMETHING !

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

    • Eamon O’Neill

      From Usmanov!!!!!!!

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

    • Clint

      The buyout clause is for Spanish clubs only.

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

  • Arselicked

    Buy out clause for Cesc is $200m dollars, where would AFC get the money?

  • Mohamed Zubairu

    I feel that we have been robbed of our best possession. I see no reason why we should do the deal solely on the basis of Fabragas’ interest. We should have sold him to the highest bidder. I feel sick for this robbery.

    • Dan

      Even if somebody else bid 100 million fabregas wouldn’t sign a contract for them so there was only one place he could ever go. Wenger did well to hold onto him for 2 years while Wilshere & Ramsey got a bit better.

    • Dan

      Even if somebody else bid 100 million fabregas wouldn’t sign a contract for them so there was only one place he could ever go. Wenger did well to hold onto him for 2 years while Wilshere & Ramsey got a bit better.

  • Compuboyz

    cesc backheeled the ball to xavi on purpose !!

    • Eamon O’Neill

      I’ve always thought that, I’m glad that someone else agrees.

  • Anonymous

    Arsenal have a buy back clause but a manager who NEVER admits mistakes so will NEVER re-sign a player who has left. Unless they are 36 and come on a free transfer

    As for starting a bidding war, surely it would have been possible to threaten to start one at least publicly. Barca players and officials have been conducting a public campaign to unsettle Cesc for 3 years so why couldn’t we try and do a similar thing to push the price up?

  • Dirty Turkey

    I think it’s time for us to ramp up the “Cesc has Arsenal DNA” stories now, and for the next 3 years so we can buy him back !