Arsenal transfers: Cesc Fabregas to leave Barcelona, says Gerard Pique

Arsenal transfers: Cesc Fàbregas is set to leave Barcelona for £27m this summer, claims his club team-mate

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Cesc Fàbregas moved to Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

Cesc Fabregas is set to leave Barcelona in a £27m deal this summer, Gerard Pique has said.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a transfer away from Camp Nou in recent days amid reports the Spanish club are prepared to offload the playmaker.

Fabregas has been linked with a return to former club Arsenal, as well as Chelsea and Manchester United.

Pique was recorded by microphones speaking to Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque at a news conference and, despite shielding his mouth from the watching media, appeared to state: “We have to defend Cesc a little. He told me it’s done. He’s off – €33m (£27m), he said to me.”

The defender then added: “I really like Cesc and I know he is going through a tough time because the club don’t appreciate him as much as they should.

“He is one of those players who would be first choice at any other club in the world, the star of the team.

“Despite that, he is finding it harder at Barca. I don’t know what he’s going to do; we haven’t spoken about that.

“I hope he stays, because if you look at his stats this season, he is our highest-scoring midfielder and the one with the most assists. Of course I want him to stay with us.”

Barcelona are understood to want to sell Fabregas to fund their transfer for Atletico Madrid’s Koke.

Fabregas, who moved back to Camp Nou from Arsenal in 2011, scored eight goals and made 13 assists in 36 La Liga games for Barcelona this season.

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