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Arsenal may finally be ready to admit defeat and allow Cesc Fabregas to leave the club.

The Gunners captain was close to leaving for Barcelona last summer before he was eventually persuaded to stay by Arsene Wenger.

But he has made no secret that he would like to one day rejoin the club where he spent his youth before leaving to join the Gunners when he was just 16.

And the Spain star has become more and more disillusioned with Arsenal’s lack of trophies since 2005.

Last week Spanish magazine Don Balon published an interview with Fabregas in which he suggested Arsene Wenger would have been sacked if he endured such a long trophy drought at a club in La Liga.

“It’s clear that if you come to Spain and say to [Valencia coach Unai] Emery, [Barcelona’s Pep] Guardiola or [Real Madrid’s Jose] Mourinho that they’ll win nothing in the next three years, it’s obvious they wouldn’t continue [in their jobs],” the 23-year-old was quoted as saying.

The Gunners rejected a £30m offer for Fabregas from Barca last summer, but the Catalans are expected to come back with another bid at the end of the season and Wenger knows he will struggle to convince his captain to stay – especially after another trophy-less campaign.

The Sun quotes a club insider who said: “There is a feeling Cesc has gone as far as he can with Arsenal. He has been with us eight years and believes he has shown great loyalty.

“The club will finish the season empty-handed again and he fears that situation will not change.”

But Arsenal are adamant they will not sell their prize asset for less than £35m which could prove difficult for Barca who would struggle to come up with that fee.

Italian champions Inter Milan are also keen on Fabregas and could afford to pay the asking price if they can sell Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United for £30m this summer.

Source: Mirror

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