Arsenal are expecting to receive a healthy £5 million cut from Chelsea once the Blues complete a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, reports Daily Telegraph journalist Jeremy Wilson.
Fabregas is set to leave the Nou Camp this summer just three years after arriving from Arsenal. The Gunners did have the right to buy their former captain back, but Arsene Wenger decided against it, giving Arsenal's Premier League rivals Chelsea a clear run in their attempts to sign the 27-year-old.
Chelsea are believed to have agreed a figure in the region of £27 million for the player, of which £5 million is expected to fall straight into Arsenal's pockets.
Speaking on Twitter, the respected and informed journalist said: "No doubting Arsenal had 1st refusal and not interested now. But still told they expect around £5m from proposed move to Chelsea."
But that may not be the end of the story. Reported emerged earlier this week that Jose Mourinho was determined to make sure Arsenal received nothing from Chelsea when the deal for Fabregas was eventually completed.
If that does indeed happen and the plethora of clauses originally inserted into the deal that took Fabregas to Catalonia, it will be more salt in the wound for Arsenal fans and invoke more questions as to why Wenger is not trying to sign him.
Regardless of the reason, seeing their Fabregas line up in the blue shirt of Chelsea is going to be a bitter pill to swallow for the Emirates faithful with the £5 million cut unlikely to act as sufficient compensation.
However, Wenger apparently has his reasons for not signing a player he helped mould after bringing him to north London as a raw 15-year-old talent. Wilson says that Wenger has been forced to ignore the chance to sign Fabregas because of the current embarrassment of riches currently available to him in midfield.
Wilson said: "Lack of interest now simply explained by having Ozil/Ramsey. Wenger wants holding midfielder but doesn't think Fabregas can become that.
"He also wants striker, right-back, goalkeeper and so won't spend £27m on position he doesn't need."
So it seems that Wenger does at least have big plans for the transfer market and reportedly has around £100 million to spend on both transfers and player wages.
His big bag of money has so far not tempted Wenger into making a signing, but Wilson believes there is someone on the horizon.
"No deals expected before WC. Wenger seems to be playing usual game of seeing how things fall elsewhere but Aurier looks increasingly likely," he finished.