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Arsenal can lay down a marker

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Barca made to wait over Cesc

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed that talks are 'very advanced' for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas but the Spanish champions will be forced to wait to clinch his signature.

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Fabregas has been linked with a move back to Barcelona all summer and reports this week have suggested Arsenal have accepted a bid of £35 million for him, with Valdes claiming on Friday that a deal was 'hours away'. Two other Barcelona players revealed their delight at Fabregas' arrival as defender Gerard Pique tweeted: ''Today is gonna be a great day!!'' adding: "We now have him here".

Club captain Carles Puyol also wrote: "Welcome home!!! Happy to have you here @cesc4official"

A Barcelona spokesman even said that the club "hope to announce (Fabregas) within hours"; although the celebrations from Barca players appear to be premature as an Arsenal statement said a "deal has yet to be agreed" and Arsene Wenger's press conference earlier on Friday maintained that no player would be leaving the club.

Fabregas is now expected to travel to Spain to complete his move on Sunday as manager Pep Guardiola wants no distractions ahead of the Spanish Super Cup game with Real Madrid.

Arsenal are reportedly set to announce the £12 million purchase of Brazilian midfielder Jadson from Shakhtar Donetsk as a replacement. Jadson claimed on Thursday: "If everything goes to plan, I'll have some news for everyone at the start of next week. Hope it works out."

Meanwhile another player looks on the verge on a move as Emmanuel Eboue, who has not been handed a squad number for this season, told Radio Abidjan: "I should be presented to Galatasaray by Thursday".

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