Cesc Fabregas has revealed in detail why he rejected a transfer move to join Real Madrid many times while he was still an Arsenal player.
The former Chelsea, Barcelona player joined Arsenal’s academy in 2003 and made his senior debut for the club at the age of 16.
Fabregas has played more than 300 games for Arsenal, winning the FA Cup and also reaching the Champions League final in 2006.
Cech Fabregas later left Arsenal in 2011 to join Barcelona but claims he turned down many opportunities to sign for Real Madrid before making a move to Barcelona.
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“They [Real Madrid] called me more than once or twice.
“The first time I was very young. I was 18 and they offered me a big salary, but I felt like I belonged at Arsenal.
“Wenger had bet the farm on me. I couldn’t leave. In any case, I’ll always be grateful to Madrid for the way they treated me.
“When I was 23 I had a serious calf injury and they sent me a really nice message.
“I’m grateful for their interest in me but I always dreamed of playing for Barcelona and if I felt that way it was for a reason. It all worked out pretty well for me,” Fabregas told AS.
EPL: Arsenal, Tottenham target walks out on extension talks
North London outfits Arsenal and Tottenham have been handed a major boost as their target, Ryan Fraser has reportedly walked out on Bournemouth during an effort to hand him a new contract deal.
Apparently, Ryan Fraser is keen to have a fresh start of his career with a new challenge elsewhere which is the only reason why he will not sign a new deal with his club.
The development means he could be put up on sale this summer transfer window with Arsenal and Tottenham expected to submit a bid for him.
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According to reports, the Cherries are offering him a pay rise of £67,000-a-week to the Scot but he rejected it as he expected more which the club is not willing to offer him.
The 26-year-old will now be available on a free transfer as his contract with the club will run out this summer window. The challenge will now be to get a deal of his wish.
While Arsenal and Tottenham are yet to make a bid for Ryan Fraser, Crystal Palace already submitted an offer but sadly, it was below the deal he rejected with Bournemouth as they were only ready to pay £50,000-weekly.
Ryan Fraser is a quality winger that has been consistent for the past seasons. In the just-concluded campaign, he delivered seven goals and 14 assists.
Arsenal board places Arteta’s favourites in the transfer market
There could be a cold feeling at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal, the board of the English Premier League club, has reportedly placed one of the favourites of manager Mikel Arteta on sale.
It is reported that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will now be available to all his suitors as the board wants to cash in on him to fund the rebuilding program of the Spanish manager from his sale.
It is reported by SunSport that the former Man City assistant manager has told the club thr4at the versatile midfielder is a part of the club’s future as well as his plans for the new season but the club does not agree with him.
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Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after the effect of the world pandemic and are seeking for the region of £30 million for Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer window.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is one of the high-profile casualties that could be forced to end their career at the Emirates Stadium with more names expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
The Gunners board seems to have a strong belief in the Spanish boss after seeing him deliver the FA Cup title in his first reign at the club and are ready to give him the financial backing.
Arsenal’s interest in midfielder described as “rumour”
From the latest development, there is no doubt that Arsenal’s reported interest in Armin Gigovic is rumour.
Armin Gigovic himself has come out to describe the speculations as false, as he stressed that he would not be leaving Helsingborgs IF this summer transfer window.
Armin Gigovic is regarded as one of the best upcoming defensive midfielders in Europe at 19-years as he has been very impressive in his display for the club.
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He has been linked with a number of European clubs but he seems not to be ready for a move as he wishes to continue his development with his club without any big-money deal.
This is not the first time the North London outfit will be showing interest in Armin Gigovic and it seems not to be happening again this term despite the wish of manager Mikel Arteta to reinforce his midfield before the start of next campaign.
From all indication, the Spanish boss will be supported with funds to engage in the summer transfer window as they hope to rebuild the team and get back to their best, especially now that they have been able to secure qualification to the Europa League after winning the FA Cup.
Arsenal target agrees on £27m move to Lille
It is another big blow to North London outfit, Arsenal as they lost a major target to French Ligue 1 outfit Lille in this summer transfer window.
The Gunners are reported to be interested in highly-rated Gent striker, Jonathan David as well as Man United with the hope that a deal would be wrapped up this summer window but no doubt they came very late on him.
The report claims that Mikel Arteta had wished Jonathan David serve as a cover to Gabon international forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is now over 30 years but that is not happening.
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Jonathan David has now gone to replace the Nigerian international starker Victor Osimhen at the Ligue 1 outfit after he sealed a £45 million move to Italian Serie A outfit Napoli last week.
The 20-year-old agreed on a five-year contract with Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
However, a deal for Jonathan David would have helped Arsenal to settle with the reported exit of French striker Alexandre Lacazette as his name has continued to be mentioned as part of those that would be shown the way out at the Emirates Stadium this summer window.
It is, therefore, expected that the North London club will do some deals this summer window to get the team back to its best under manager Mikel Arteta.
EPL: United, Arsenal target finally makes his choice
Two English Premier League clubs, Man United and Arsenal have been following Lille Centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes with the hope of snapping up his signature this summer transfer window.
It has been a very long chase for the two sides as they hope to secure a quality defender for next season’s challenge. The dust may now be settled as he has reportedly made his choice between the two clubs.
Reports claim Gabriel Magalhaes has decided to go with Arsenal ahead of Man United in case he receives a bid from both clubs as he is impressed with the talks he held with the Gunners earlier this week.
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Arsenal and Man United have been suffering shaky back for the past seasons and that could be settled for the Gunners with the Brazilian who is almost certain to leave the French outfit this summer window.
The Red Devils and the Gunners are not alone in the chase of the Lille defender despite having the edge as Napoli and Everton are also being linked.
However, Man United are not willing o give up on the chase despite the latest report as they hope to have a bid submitted for Gabriel Magalhaes in the coming days.
Gabriel Magalhaes has been valued for about £27 million which the two clubs are willing to pay.
EPL: Arsenal midfielder happy to be away again
It is already reported that Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be returning to join Arsenal for the new season from Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was sent out of the Emirates Stadium on a loan deal to the Serie A outfit after failing to impress at the club and it seems he has been favoured by the loan move to get his career back to its best.
While on loan with AS Roma in the just-concluded season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored nine goals and provided six assists in 29 games. He is now believed to be one of the favourites at the club.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan was due to return to the Emirates Stadium but with the loan extension, it is no longer happening and that has got him happy as he told UEFA’s official website that he had a good season in Italy despite the two injuries.
Also, AS Roma chief executive Guido Fienga has insisted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be with the club and he is also happy to have his loan term extended for another year.
However, commentators have opined that the North London outfit will be willing to listen to offers from the Serie A club for a permanent deal as they will no longer need the 31-year-old at the Emirates Stadium.
EPL: Arsenal’s “ruthless” decision to help transfer activities
North London outfit Arsenal are reported to have made a “ruthless” decision that is highly connected with their plans for the summer transfer window.
Just like every other club, the Gunners have been affected by the world pandemic but in the midst of this, they are suggested to be showing a big ambition to have new players join the team in the coming season.
The decision they have made to be able to have a financial balance is the sacking of 55 staff from the club, a decision some fans have criticized and described as being “ruthless”.
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Prominent on the list of those that have been shown the exit door at the Emirates Stadium in scout Francis Cagigao who has been very influential in the club.
The Daily Mail gave the 51-year-old the credit for discovering Cesc Fabregas, Gabriel Martinelli, and Hector Bellerin but his union with the Emirates Stadium has been put to an end.
Commentators have attributed this development by the North London club to their plans for the summer transfer window as they hope to bring in some quality players and will seek to fund the deals.
Top on the list of those expected to join the club are Thomas Partey, Philippe Coutinho and Willian.
EPL: £25m-rated forward expected in Arsenal this summer
North London club Arsenal will make a bid that will bring in Brentford forward Said Benrahma to the Emirates Stadium this summer window according to reports.
The Gunners face a battle from newly-promoted Leeds, Aston Villa, and West Ham but they are being favoured as a result of their Europa League qualification which could lure the Player.
Said Benrahma is highly rated despite his inability to get his team promoted to the top flight. It is claimed that manager Mikel Arteta has been monitoring the player and is satisfied with his quality.
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With speculations that French striker Alexandre Lacazette could be leaving the North London outfit this summer window, Said Benrahma could just be the best replacement as he would not cost more than £25 million.
However, Arsenal will have to battle other suitors, especially Leeds to snap up the signature of Said Benrahma this summer transfer window.
Following Arsenal’s qualification to the Europa League, it is expected that the club will do some transfer deals this summer transfer window as they have already been linked with a number of players for deals.
Brazilian international, Willian is the latest, after Philippe Coutinho that is reported to be on their ways to the Emirates Stadium.