Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed he is ‘very surprised’ that the club are yet to receive a bid from Barcelona for their talismanic captain ‘Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish midfielder is understood to have told manager Arsene Wenger that he wanted to leave Arsenal this summer, following years of increasingly intense speculation linking him with a move to the Camp Nou.
High-ranking Barca sources have repeatedly confirmed their interest in acquiring Fabregas over the past week, and the Catalan giants were even reported to have sent their first formal bid via fax yesterday but it seems, for now at least, that Arsenal are yet to enter any form of negotiations with the recently-crowned La Liga champions;
“We have heard nothing at all and I am not looking for a telephone call from them,” Hill-Wood told The Daily Star.
“As far as I am concerned, [Fabregas] is our player. If they want to make a bid it is up to them.We are very surprised, but delighted [that no approach has been made].”
In further news, Fabregas, who has been sidelined since April with a cracked fibula (sustained in Arsenal’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against, ironically, Barcelona), trained for the first time in over a month yesterday – coming through a full one-hour training match unscathed at Spain’s World Cup training camp in Madrid.