When Cesc Fabregas originally left Arsenal for Barcelona, he was forced to come up with €5 million of his own cash to push the deal through.
At the time, Barca made a promise to repay the cash should Fabregas ever leave the club but now he’s moved to Chelsea, the Spanish giants are refusing to pay out.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims Josep Bartomeu, the club’s president, is at the heart of the decision, which threatens to sour the relationship between the departing player and the club he’s very fond of.
Fabregas is moving for the good of his own future. He returned to Barcelona as Xavi’s replacement but he’s been inconsistently used in a variety of positions, which has led to his eventual sale.
He’s likely to have sought assurances from new manager Luis Enrique, who replaces Tata Martino, and if they haven’t been delivered, Fabregas can’t be blamed for heading back to the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho and Fabregas have had clashes in the past but the Portuguese boss deserves a lot of praise for burying the hatchet quickly, to stop the midfielder from heading to any of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals.
It will be a bitter pill for Fabregas to personally swallow because of the fact Barca aren’t pushed in terms of the funds they have available.
Their transfer and business dealings have been intensely scrutinised in the recent past but the reason the club are refusing to pay Fabregas the cash he’s owed is unclear.
However, with the way Fabregas was being treated towards the end of last season, he could choose to write the amount off and simply move on.
Towards the end of his Barca career he was booed and jeered by the Nou Camp faithful for his inconsistent performances, despite never being given a position in the team to settle down in.
It’s a saga which is likely to roll on into his Chelsea career but from a playing point of view, Fabregas has moved on and will be keen to get the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge.