Bleed’m dry Ivan! Arsenal begin negotiations to sell Fab

Arsenal released an announcement that it turned down an offer for Fab and the Gunner Universe goes mad with joy. One friend said to me (essentially) “Oh, wow looks like Fab isn’t leaving.” Huh? What? No, that release simply said we’re going to make barca pay in blood for Fab. It’s not for nothing that members of the barca elite are claiming that a move will still happen; or, rumors persist that Fab is trying to engineer a move on his own. Of course we have no intent to sell him, but we are willing to sell him and barca knows this too.

Gooners everywhere got giddy about Arsenal’s official statement declining to accept barca’s offer. And can you blame us, we’ve been waiting for them to say….well, anything. But Arsenal’s public statement declining barca’s offer can also be interpreted as just a negotiations ploy and that we are willing to sell.

Here’s the statement taken from Arsenal.com.  Key parts in bold and discussed below.

“We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment. However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.

“To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.”

  • We have no interest. Well of course we don’t have an interest. Anyone reading that statement should just see it for what it is, we don’t want Fab to leave. No shock there. We’ve said that all along; we’ve never said that we support him in finding new pastures. Besides, what are we supposed to say? Yes, please take him; and, while you’re at it, take RVP as well. Muchos Gracias!
  • We have no intention of selling. Again, of course not! Nothing here is being said that wasn’t already known. We signed him to long-term contract AND gave him golden handcuffs. This is what we call a statement of the obvious.
  • We will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. My aforementioned friend, and many others for that matter, interpreted this as strong stance by Arsenal. Um, yeah, it was, for negotiations. Try this interpretation of the statement:
  • To the negotiators of barca. We have given our price. We will not change from that price; if you really want Fab, meet that price. And we’ll be happy to sell him to you.”

    That’s how you negotiate. Should, for some reason, Fab stay, it’s because barca cannot afford him. Most likely because of that foolish Eto’o for Ibra transfer. But it’s not because we weren’t willing to sell.

    Which leads me to my final point, and what really blows my mind, how does anyone expect Arsenal to negotiate, by rolling over and showing our soft underbelly? No, this was classic, hard ball negotiations by Arsene and Ivan. Fab wants to leave, but we’re going to bleed barca dry on this.

    Still uncertain? Statements have the first offer at £29m. That’s all! They paid over £34m for Villa. Not even barca expected us to accept that offer. No doubt they are buying time because they want Fab to state publicly he wants to leave in order to drive down the cost. Bid low! Again, standard negotiations.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Fab is increasingly in a bad situation, much by his own making. He’s in over his head and has become nothing but a pawn now. Both sides are upping the pressure and unless he publicly states either (1) sell me; or, (2) I’ll never leave! This game is only going to get more ugly this summer.

    Regardless, I like the Club’s stance. Take’m for every penny Ivan! These people paid a total of £60m (Eto’o plus cash) for Ibrahimovic! Nothing less than for the Fabulous Fab.


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