There are reports emerging out of Spain that Arsenal have agreed to Barca's offer of £25.4m for Fabregas with an additional £5.3m to be paid in performance related bonuses.
Cesc does not go untouched however as he pays his way out with a contribution of £4.4m from his earnings to Arsenal which will be part of the £29.4m package.
Both Samir Nasri and Cesc were not going to be part of the season opener against Newcastle, ostensibly because of injury concerns but more likely due to terms being worked out in the transfer agreements. Nasri is expected to depart for City at a fee of £25m.
Other factors that seem to have played a part in hastening these transfers are Ryo Miyaichi's work permit coming through and the arrival of Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain. Both could see early debuts in the Premiership. With £55-£60m at his disposal, Wenger is expected to come back with a renewed offer for Valencia winger Juan Mata and to table bids for centre back Gary Cahill or Christopher Samba. There may also be a revival in interest for Karim Benzema to partner RVP.
And so we come nigh to the end of the longest transfer saga in football history which one day will be immortalized on celluloid featuring Gabriel Garcia Bernal as Cesc Fabregas and will be called "No me toques vuelta, pendejo!"