This is getting ridiculous.
Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has not ruled out swooping for Cesc Fabregas in the January transfer window.
The Catalan giants have made no secret of their admiration for the Spain international in the past and have admitted that they are keen to bring the midfielder back to the Nou Camp.
Fabregas came through the ranks at Barca but switched to Arsenal in summer 2003 with the belief that first-team chances would be easier to come by in London.
With Barca set to be without midfielders Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita when the African Cup of Nations begin in January Begiristain reveals that the club could delve into the transfer market to boost their squad.
“He’s a player who fits the Barca profile,” he said of Fabregas to Sport.
“He was born suckling on football here and one day he will end up playing at the Camp Nou. I am sure.
“There are options for us to strengthen (the squad) yes.
“We will see if any of our defenders can play in central midfield. It’s an option. Depending on that, we could look to buy a forward.” (Sky Sports)
At what point does mindless nonsense turn into definite ‘tapping-up’ territory? Surely by stating “He’s a player who fits the Barca profile, and one day he will end up at the Camp Nou” the Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has broken some sort of rule, no?
He may as well be saying, “we won’t rest until we unsettle Cesc Fabregas into making a move back to us”. If this isn’t tapping-up, then I seriously want to know what is.
A week doesn’t go by without some story linking our skipper with a move back to La Liga and whilst a great deal of it is of course mindless speculation the Catalan club has been guilty of using its own publications to keep the story brewing and their own players and staff have also overstepped the mark in this affair and I really would take great pleasure in seeing the Champions League winners punished for their incessant attempts to get hold of a player under a long term contract.