Belfast Telegraph

Fabregas signs for Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas has put the finishing touches on his move to Barcelona from Arsenal after signing a five-year contract with the European champions.

Following confirmation on Sunday night that Barca and Arsenal had reached an initial agreement for the transfer of the Spain international, Fabregas on Monday morning undertook a two-stage medical before the Catalan club confirmed on their official Twitter page that he had put pen to paper on his contract.

Barcelona posted a comment on their official Twitter feed which read: "Cesc has signed his contract which ties him to Barcelona until 2016. The buy-out clause is 200 million euros."

The 24-year-old is now set to be officially presented to the Barca fans on Monday afternoon at the Nou Camp before then speaking to the media.

According to the Barcelona website, Fabregas' medicals have proven him to be in perfect condition.

Barcelona's first-team doctor Ricard Pruna said: "All the tests taken have been satisfactory."

Pruna added that Fabregas "can be integrated into training without any problem".

Barca's next match sees them take on Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. Barca drew 2-2 in the first leg at the Bernabeu on Sunday night.

The announcement brings to an end the long-running transfer saga and sees Fabregas return to his local club Barca, who he left for Arsenal as a 16-year-old.

While the Gunners were always determined to keep Fabregas, it became clear this summer that the Spaniard - who made more than 300 appearances for the London club, scoring 57 goals - was no longer committed to their cause.


From Belfast Telegraph