By Humphrey Carter

ARSENAL captain and Spanish World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas appears to have left the negotiations over his future to Arsenal and Barcelona while he continues his post- World Cup winning holiday in Ibiza.

Over the past week, many of his Spanish teammates who play for Barcelona have publicly spoken about Cesc's desire to move to the Catalan club, Arsenal are standing firm and refusing to sell their star player.

However, Barcelona have mounted a charm offensive this week in an attempt to secure the midfielder this summer although Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted its looking increasingly unlikely the player will be making the move this year.

But, some Spanish sports papers yesterday claimed a deal had been struck while there were also reports on line that Cesc will hand in an official transfer request in the two clubs fail to reach a deal.

The 23-year-old World Cup star who set up Iniesta's winning goal in the final against Holland, has been at Arsenal since he was 15 and knows that he owes manager Arsene Wenger a huge debt for having transformed him from a Barcelona youth side player into a world class midfielder and in honour of that debt, may serve one final year at Arsenal.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes Arsenal are merely “delaying the inevitable” by preventing Cesc Fabregas from joining the Spanish champions.
Fabregas was the subject of a reported £30million approach by the Catalan club prior to the World Cup but the Gunners are reluctant to part with their prize asset, who has five years left on his current contract. “Arsenal need to understand they are only delaying the inevitable. “If we don't manage to get his signature this season then Arsenal only really have him on loan for a year - because there is nothing they can do to stop him joining next summer. “I haven't given up on him joining us this season but, if he doesn't, it won't be more than a year before he is back home. “His people will have a whole season to sort out the deal between the two clubs and it will happen at the very latest next summer,” he said.


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