Widespread reports suggest that Barcelona's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas has finally come to an end, with Spanish reports stating that the player has signed for the European champions.
Earlier in the day, Arsene Wenger left out both Fabregas and Samir Nasri from the squad to face Newcastle on Saturday. When asked about the situation surrounding the transfers, he refused to be drawn on the subject, saying "I expect nobody to leave. There is no news. If there is news, I promise I will give it".
However, hours later reports from the Spanish press on a completion of the move was substantiated by tweets from certain Barcelona players who welcomed Fabregas through Twitter. No official comment has yet been released, but the Guardian understands that Fabregas is likely be in Spain on Sunday to attend Barcelona's Super Cup match against Real Madrid. His Barcelona unveiling is set for Monday and he could even make his debut at Nou Camp against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Super Cup on Wednesday.
Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol tweeted - "Nanuuuuu!!!benvingut a casa!!! Feliç de tenir-te aquí. @cesc4official ooohhhh moc moc."
It is believed that Valencia star Juan Mata heads Wenger's wish list to replace Fabregas, but Valencia are, reportedly, no longer willing to sell their star.