It still doesn’t explain why he allegedly carried on like he did. All he had to do was say ‘im going to Barca’ and that’s that. Barca, naturally, will know he wants to come and the price would reflect that. As you stated, the club never made it harder for others by demanding silly money so why would that have been of concern to Cesc? That’s why I think it all points to Wenger or the club being difficult in some way as well, which probably pissed Cesc off.I don’t think we know anyone’s attitude behind closed doors and it’s all guesswork on our part.
What we do I now is that he forced his move through via some disrespectful gestures to the club.
If you remove the “him vs Wenger” angle it’s pretty indefensible. Every other single player we sold whether it was to a rival or not didn’t have to carry on like he did.
The club never acted affronted they just seemed to want market value.