The saga, which has engulfed the 24-year-old midfielder’s career for the last few years, finally looks like coming to an end.
Fabregas, valued at £35 million, will plead with Wenger to allow him to move to his boyhood club. The Frenchman is resigned to losing his most prized asset despite insisting he would keep Fabregas at the club.
Arsenal have just returned from their tour of Malaysia and China and Fabregas will look to discuss the situation with Wenger face to face, instead of handing in a transfer request that could ruin their relationship.
The Spaniard is grateful to the Gunners boss for turning him into one of the best midfielders on the planet and hopes to convince Wenger that allowing him to join Pep Guardiola’s side is the best solution for him and the club.
Barcelona are just £4 million away from Arsenal’s apparent valuation and Wenger believes the whole saga has to come to an end for the good of the players at the club.
Wenger said: “We have to stop at some stage … I hope we can close that very quickly in our favour. For us, it’s important that the team settles psychologically as quickly as possible because we have a tough start.”
He is confident of keeping Samir Nasri but it looks increasingly likely that Fabregas will be playing at the Nou Camp as opposed to the Emirates Stadium next season.