Nou Camp side now in talks with Emirates outfit over Gunners skipper.
Barcelona say they are in official negotiations with Arsenal to sign Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish giants told BBC Sport that talks with Arsenal over a deal for the 22-year-old, who is with Spain’s World Cup squad, “became formal” on Tuesday.
“An informal conversation with Arsenal became formal on 1 June and now an official approach has been made to the club,” said a Barca spokesman.
Arsenal declined to comment when they were contacted by BBC Sport.
The Barca spokesman added: “Before 1 June, under English rules, we could not make an official approach to Arsenal for Fabregas, but that changed on Tuesday.
“I don’t think there is a special advance on, say, the price or anything, but it has moved on now.”
Barcelona have made it clear they regard Fabregas, who played in the youth team at the Nou Camp before moving to north London seven years ago, is one of their chief transfer targets this summer.
They are reported to have already bid £30m for the player, with Arsenal believed to be holding out for closer to double that amount. (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. Are Cesc’s Emirates days numbered? Clearly the £30m bid made by Barcelona is derisory in today’s market and it seems quite likely that having now that the Catalan side are in negotiations to sign the Arsenal skipper it could well be that they will stump up a more realistic £60m fee for the 22 year old.
What do Gunners fans think the north London club should do? Take the money? Turn any offer down?