A couple of months ago, Cesc Fabregas requested a move from Arsenal to Barcelona (see here), which has been chasing him for the past few seasons (after selling him to Arsenal several years ago as a Junior). Barcelona subsequently tendered an offer, which Arsenal deemed grossly insufficient. Then came the World Cup, where Fabregas has been plying his trade (mostly off the bench) for Spain. Within the last week, there were two interesting developments. First, Fabregas has reiterated his love for Arsenal, and said that it was possible he would remain in London, at least for one more season (see here). Second, Barca's new President Sandro Rosell announced that the Catalan club would not pay Arsenal's 40-50 million Euro asking price for Fab (see here). Now comes what could be the clincher. Media reports today indicate that Barcelona is suffering from financial problems that have prevented it from paying players' wages for the past month (see here).
Gunners fans should not be able to breathe a sigh of relief. However much Fabregas wants to return home, he will want a regular pay check. Moreover, it is now clear that Barca will not be able to meet Arsenal's price to acquire Fabregas.