Cesc Fabregas' prolonged move from Arsenal now looks set to reach a conclusion on Monday after Barcelona told him to delay his flight.
The Gunners captain had been scheduled to board the first plane available after saying goodbye to his team-mates, but the Catalans have instead instructed him to stay in London until after their Spanish Super Cup game against Real Madrid on Sunday.
Barca are desperate to make sure the deal isn't jeopardised at this late stage of negotiations after waiting so long to secure his signature.
With that in mind, Pepe Guardiola has since advised Fabregas to hang fire with Arsenal still haggling over the finer details of his transfer, following the European champions' announcement at lunchtime that everything had been more or less agreed on a £35m switch.
Fabregas is widely tipped to sign a five-year contract on Monday and confirmation of the move will bring an end to over a season worth of speculation about the midfielder's future.
He will play no part in the Gunners' season opener at Newcastle tomorrow either.
Barcelona stars Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol pre-empted an official announcement by posting on Twitter to welcome Fabregas back to the Camp Nou, where he started his career in the youth team.
"Booooyyyy!!! Welcome home!!! Happy to have you here," said Barca captain Puyol while Pique added: "He's finally here!!".