The Gunners inserted the clause in the deal when the playmaker was sold to Barca in 2011 for £35m, but, as reported by the BBC, they will not be exercising this option.
Only today, his Barca and Spain team-mate Gerard Pique was caught on camera appearing to tell his national team manager that a €33m (£26.7m) transfer for Fabregas was "done", but did not disclose what team he has been sold to.
Pique was caught talking about the Fabregas "deal" at a promotional event with Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, when a private conversation between the pair was picked up by microphones on the table.
De Bosque said: "About Cesc..."
The Pique replied: "He already told me it’s done. He is leaving for 33million euros."
Del Bosque then said in jest: "The [Barcelona] president isn’t going to be happy.
"You're going to drive him mad, poor guy. You're going to upset him."
It has been reported that Fabregas was keen on a return to Arsenal, where he enjoyed eight successful years, but Arsene Wenger is happy with his options in the middle of the park. He currently has Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky.
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