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Barcelona got £35m Fabregas on the cheap, admits Wenger

Barcelona got £35m Fabregas on the cheap, admits Wenger
Arsene Wenger insisted Barcelona had landed Cesc Fabregas on the cheap, a claim supported by the fact a €200million buy-out clause has been inserted into his Nou Camp contract. Arsenal's manager suffered a bad day all round as midfielder Alex Song was charged with violent conduct and his club hit - along with Newcastle - with a further FA charge for failing to control their players. Sealed with a kiss: Fabregas was unveiled at the Nou Camp after completing his moveBut it was the loss of his captain at the end of a transfer saga which really hurt Wenger, who admitted: 'We sold Cesc for a reduced fee. If you can make an auction between Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City, you will certainly get more money, but he just wanted to go to Barcelona.'Cesc went because he was desperate to play for his home town at a club where his grandfather was a member of the committee.

 It's not a financial affair but one of the heart.' Wenger resisted the idea it might have been better to have sold Fabregas at the start of the transfer window, allowing more time to prepare his team for the campaign ahead.Thumbs up: The longest running transfer saga in Europe has finally ended'We did want to get a decent fee,' said the Frenchman. 

'You cannot say because you want to get the deal done as quickly as possible, "Just take him and give us what you want". You have to fight for your rights.'The deal was eventually worth up to £35m, with the Gunners getting £14.5m immediately and the same in October. Fabregas was paid a £4.4m loyalty bonus but has agreed to deduct this from his Barcelona pay over the five years of his contract and the Catalan club will pay it back to Arsenal.

 There are additional payments if Barca win two La Liga titles and another Champions League. Fabregas was unveiled in Spain yesterday, kissing the Barcelona shirt as the European champions paraded their latest capture. 



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