Fabregas deal was great, says Bartomeu

Fabregas moved to Barcelona this summer after a protracted exit from Arsenal for £40 million, with £29 million paid up front.

“The transfer of Cesc was a very good deal for us,” Bartomeu said. “The price on the open market wouldn’t have been €29m but he lowered his value by saying that he really wanted to go to Barcelona. His real price was what Arsenal initially asked – at least €60m. The fact that we announced in advance that we would only spend €45m this summer worked to our advantage. Clubs were already aware of our position.”