Barcelona’s prized signing Cesc Fabregas could be playing for his new

club by Wednesday after his arrival was announced during the opening leg

of the Spanish Supercup series against Real Madrid, a 2-2 draw at

Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spanish and European champions

held a 2-1 lead at halftime when they announced they had finally agreed a

deal with Arsenal to end their long-running pursuit of Cesc Fabregas.


deal, which is expected to be worth between 36 million euros ($A49.17

million) and 40 million euros ($A54.63 million), will be completed once

Fabregas signs his contract and undergoes a medical exam on Monday, the

two clubs said.

Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola said the

24-year-old playmaker could make his club debut on Wednesday at the Camp

Nou, when his team hosts Real for the return leg of the Supercup.


is the presentation and after that we see,” said Barcelona manager

Josep Guardiola, who didn’t believe relations between Arsenal and his

club had soured because of the protracted and sometimes awkward

negotiations for Fabregas.

“Last year we made an offer and they said no. All the time this situation is happening, it was tough negotiations.”


are one more with him in the team in a year when we’ve got the Clubs

World Cup and a lot of games. We need more players and we need good


80,000 fans were in attendance for Wednesday’s 2-2 draw, which kicked off the new Spanish season.

Mesut Ozil gave Real a 13th-minute lead before David Villa and Lionel Messi put Barcelona ahead at the break.

Real’s Xabi Alonso then levelled the tie nine minutes into the second half.

Guardiola, who remains unbeaten as manager in the Santiago Bernabeu, remained cautious over Wednesday’s second leg.

“We hope that with our crowd we will have an advantage,” he said.

“I’m satisfied with our efforts tonight, but they were dangerous.


have had a limited time together with some players only back training a

matter of days. Dani Alves, Abidal and Adriano kept us in it at times

so I am especially happy with them.

“My players made a titanic effort to hold up against Madrid in this heat.”

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas was pleased with Madrid’s performance.


played well, passed the ball around and we’re happy, little by little

we’re getting there, we’ll go to Barcelona to try and win the trophy,”

he said.

Madrid started strongly and were rewarded with the first

goal as Ozil cooly slotted home with his right foot after good work on

the right from Karim Benzema.

It wasn’t until the 35th minute

that the Catalans managed their first attack and from nowhere Villa

equalised with a curling right foot shot from the left hand edge of the

penalty area.

Madrid responded with the better attacking play,

but it was Messi who took advantage of defensive mistakes by Pepe and

Sami Khedira to stroke the ball into the net in first-half injury time.


hosts found an equaliser however neither team looked likely to win the

game in the final minutes, with both content to keep possession and play

down the clock.

Jose Maria Callejon and Fabio Coentrao appeared

in the second half to make their Real Madrid debuts while Xavi, Pique

and Pedro came of the the bench for Barcelona.

All should find themselves involved at some stage on Wednesday when the first title of the season will be decided.