Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes that Cesc Fabregas could well have been worth Arsenal’s £53 million valuation, with the Catalan side eventually landing the playmaker for £35 million.
Barcelona insisted at the beginning of the transfer window that they had only €45 million to spend over the summer, but after landing Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, the club have spent well in excess of that.
And now, in another stab for Arsenal who eventually let Fabregas go for a lower fee than they’d hoped, Maris Bartmeu says the Gunners were correct in their valuation of their skipper.
"After seeing the work he's done since his arrival it is true that Cesc meets the €60 million (£53 million) valuation Arsenal initially demanded," Bartomeu told Sport.
"The kid is demonstrating a high level and quality in three weeks of training. The transfer was very good. In a market that is so open Cesc is worth a lot of money.
"It was complicated to close the deal. The negotiations were very hard.
“The fact that we announced in advance that we would only spend 45million euros this summer worked to our advantage. Clubs were already aware of our position.”
Arsenal made two signings on deadline day, Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun, to replace Fabregas, but the Spaniard will still leave a gap in the Gunners midfield that will be hard to fill.