Sir Alex was quoted by Spanish daily Marca, as suggesting explicitly that Arsene Wenger and the entire Arsenal board should yield to Barcelona's yearning for Fabregas - although the report acknowledged that it has to be for the right price. Talking of price - Barcelona's vice president believes Fabregas' valuation is outrageous, and claims the spanish giant will strike a bargain with their money conscious English counterpart in the coming days.
The veteran believes that the Gunners will win the battle, but the player in question will win the war. He likened the scenario to what he encountered with United's former crowd favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, twelve months before the duo engineered the biggest and most lucrative transfer deal in football history. He urged Wenger to sheathe his sword, so he can follow the honourable line of negotiation to forestall problems.
Arsene's number one rival made his point known half-heartedly (of course, we all know why he is so eager to see the back of El Capitan) to the reporters: "There comes a point when I really do not want to keep a player in those circumstances (Referring to Fabregas' earlier refusal to train alongside his team mates, prefering to spend time alone in the club's gym facilities)," Ferguson enthused.
"Cristiano was not unhappy at United, it just never happened. He just called me to say he loved Real Madrid, and that to him the move was very important. He said he had always wanted to play there."
Ferguson concluded that the contractual agreement Ronaldo had with Manchester United is similar to Cesc's situation at Arsenal, and advised Wenger to tread carefully on the player's future ambitions in order to minimise disappointment in the long run.