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The highlight rumour of the day, by a significant margin, is that the saga surrounding Cesc Fabregas might finally come to an end as Barcelona, according to reports, are poised to make an improved £35m offer, which Arsenal will find hard to reject.
The Guardian reported that Barcelona are facing a much softened stance from Arsenal, as compared to last summer when they had two bids, the second of which was a £40m offer, rejected. Fabregas is currently on holiday in Spain and would prefer the deal to be completed before Arsenal begin their pre-season tour, so that he can remain in Spain.
Barcelona have already seen a £27m offer rejected by Arsenal this summer, but it is believed that an improvement on that offer could seal the deal. Though the Gunners are looking at a £40m for the 24-year-old, the Catalans believe that they can convince the London side to compromise for £35m.
Further evidence of the move, and a concrete one at that, is that Arsenal have omitted Fabregas from all promotional activities for next season, including the launch of their new kit.
The Daily Mirror report quoted an Arsenal official as saying, If it's enough, I expect we'll have to sell, in response to a query as to whether the Spaniard would be sold for the right fee.
The Sun, contrastingly, reports that Barcelona want Fabregas to go on strike next week, when Arsenal are scheduled to return for pre-season, in order to force a move.
Fabregas' midfield partner Samir Nasri is also seemingly on his way out with Wenger believed to be stern on his stance that the Frenchman would be sold before the season begins if he does not extend his contract at London. Fabregas' departure isn't what Nasri had in mind when demanding Arsenal sign quality players, and this could mean that the 23-year-old will move on too.
In a boost for Gunners, the Daily Mirror has linked Arsenal with Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal as a possible replacement for Fabregas or Nasri. Vidal is at Bayer Leverkusen and is one of the most consistent performers in the Bundesliga. He scored 10 goals during the season, and is rated at around £15m. AC Milan already have had a £9m bid for Vidal turned down while Manchester City are also believed to be interested in securing his services.
Porto striker Hulk is also linked with the Gunners, though more of a back-up than a primary option, despite the 24-year-old signing a long-term contract at Porto in May as he had suggested, since the departure of manager Andre Villas-Boas to Chelsea, that he would move for the right offer.
Arsenal are also touted to make a move for the £10m rated Lille and Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, who is known to be Wenger's prime target this summer. The Frenchman is also looking to strengthen his defence and is looking at two two centre-halves reportedly - Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers, Everton's Phil Jagielka and Chris Samba of Blackburn Rovers.
Velez Sarsfield midfielder Ricardo Alvarez is also expected to make the move to London, while highly-rated Valencia midfielder Juan Mata is said to have impressed Wenger with his performances for Spain during the recently concluding U-21 European Championships.