"There are five parties, all of whom have had absolutely no connection with the husband or his family, who have expressed interest in purchasing this property at £7.5m and all of whom have requested access for viewings, and all of whom are described by the proposed agents as being serious offers." But the appeal judge said encouraging more offers would be a breach of the contract of sale already agreed with Fabregas, and that, while unsold, the £4.8 million mortgage is accruing interest at a rate of £1,000-a-day.
"It is rather extraordinary that, less than three weeks after judgment was handed down, through his company in Barcelona he was offering to purchase (the flat)." Mr Lyon said it was “quite clear” from the judgment that the court had deemed Fabregas a wealthy boyfriend who provided Miss Semaan with funds when she was in Barcelona, and paid for taxis, flights and expensive presents.
He said Mr Taktouk had not proved that the original assessment of his wife's financial position was wrong.
"No doubt he will support the child, but the long-term support of Mr Fabregas for the wife is not something which could be counted on," he told the Court of Appeal.
On 15 August 2011, Barcelona signed Fàbregas for an initial fee of €29 million with a further €5 million in variables.
With Barcelona, he made 86 assists and scored 48 goals.