Arsene Wenger hopes Cesc Fabregas' future at Arsenal 'will be sorted out very quickly' amid reports that the midfielder is set to join Barcelona.
Fabregas has been repeatedly linked with a return to his boyhood club this summer, but Arsenal have been reluctant to sell their captain.
Sky Sports revealed on Wednesday that European champions Barca had made an improved offer to bring Fabregas back to Camp Nou.
Reports have subsequently suggested that Barca will finalise a deal for the Spain international before the Premier League season starts on Saturday.
Wenger refused to confirm that Fabregas will be leaving Emirates Stadium, but he is anticipating a resolution to the transfer saga before his team's trip to Newcastle United.
"That is completely the truth," Wenger told Arsenal Player regarding reports Fabregas' future will be decided before the weekend.
"We hope it will be sorted out very quickly one way or the other. We'll know very quickly."
Fabregas' playmaking cohort Samir Nasri has also been tipped to leave Arsenal, with Manchester City favourites to sign the France international.
Nasri has just 12 months remaining on his contract and Wenger is keen for the former Marseille youngster's future to be resolved quickly as well.
The Gunners boss added: "The Nasri situation is stable.
"Again it is very difficult to speak about possible transfers but we are in a situation where we have to make decisions one way or the other.
"Ideally you want it to be sorted out before the season starts."
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