CESC FABREGAS is about to complete his dream move to Barcelona FC and bring an end to one of the longest transfer sagas of recent years.
But on a day which began with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stating in his morning press conference: “Nobody will be leaving Arsenal”, things were never going to run like clockwork.
The Spanish midfielder, 24, had originally been expected in Spain this weekend to commit to a five-year deal worth a cool £36million.
Strangely, although the North London club had given the green light for talks to go ahead, negotiations were still on-going when Barcelona stars began announcing news of the transfer being done on their twitter accounts.
Ex Manchester United defender Gerard Pique said “He’s finally here!” while captain Carles Puyol tweeted “welcome home” on Fabregas’ official Twitter account.
As the afternoon progressed however, it became clear that the Arsenal captain was still in London and would not sign in time to make his debut against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup which takes place this Sunday.
Big mouth goalie Victor Valdes then spent much of a scheduled press conference talking about Cesc’s looming arrival rather than his club, angering boss Pep Guardiola who was mindful of upsetting the Londoners having just reached an agreement to sign him.
Cesc Fabregás would now probably travel to Spain after the weekend to finally sign on the dotted line.