You just don’t know who to believe do you? Yes, I’m talking about the tabloids and their daily take on all things Arsenal. Well, Cesc Fabregas, actually.
What we need is for Arsene Wenger to come out publicly and announce Fab can move to the Nou Camp…in a swap deal for Lionel Messi.
That might shut them up. No, course it wouldn’t. And this morning is no exception in the redtops’ round-up of Cescgate. But wait. It’s not Barcelona who are courting Arsenal’s Spanish jewel. No, no. no. It’s their bitter rivals Real Madrid.
That bastion of straight-down-the-middle reportage the Daily Star run with: “Real Madrid have now entered the £40m race to sign Cesc Fabregas. Barcelona have again made it clear their intentions are to try and snap up the Arsenal captain.
But they will be dismayed that big-spending Real have now turned their attentions to the midfielder, 22. Madrid have already spent close to £170m this summer on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema. But the club have struggled to do a deal for Xabi Alonso, so have now targeted Fabregas.”
Their Fleet Street colleagues sporting the Sun colours are sticking with the Barca line, though, claiming president Joan Laporta has said that signing £40million-rated Fabregas is high on their agenda this summer. He said: “Signing Cesc this summer is not a solution we have discarded.” What an odd choice of phrases.
The Mirror are taking no chances about Fabregas’s supposed destination and go with Barca and Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Mail reckon Arsenal are bracing themselves for an approach from Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas because Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery is beyond their reach.
It adds that Fab kipper flew to New York for a holiday on Wednesday from Barcelona’s El Prat airport and will await news over a deal. El Prat? Named after the mail’s man in Spain no doubt.
(Note to Fab: You are now allowed in to the Statue of Liberty’s crown for the first time since 9/11 — it’s a must do).
So big decisions in the Big Apple, then, Fab my lad. See you in the Railway at Finsbury Park Tuesday for darts as normal then.