Fabregas on verge of rejoining Barcelona

ARSENAL captain Cesc Fabregas is expected to be confirmed as a Barcelona player by the weekend, thereby ending the summer’s longest running transfer saga.

The Gunners are set to receive a fee of around £35m for the Spaniard (right), who joined the club as a 16-year-old eight years ago from the current European champions, and potentially an additional £5m in performance related payments.

Manager Arsene Wenger has made only two significant purchases this summer in the shape of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho and England Under-21 international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But the club’s board are to allow the Frenchman the opportunity to bolster his squad by reinvesting the Fabregas money.

Wenger is keen to add to his defensive options, particularly at centre-half, and the club are already believed to be in negotiations with Birmingham for £6.5m rated Scott Dann.

The Arsenal boss may also revive his interest in Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Everton’s Phil Jagielka and is likely to up his offer for Valencia forward Juan Mata should midfielder Samir Nasri, as expected, complete a £22m move to big-spending Manchester City.