Emirates skipper set to be the subject of improved Nou Camp offer.
BARCELONA have admitted they need to sell off Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish champions are hard-up for cash and had to borrow £125m at the end of last season to pay their players’ wages.
They are allowed massive overdrafts from Spanish banks and are adamant they will still land the Arsenal skipper.
But new Barca president Sandro Rosell wants to offload Swedish striker Ibrahimovic first.
A Barca source said last night: “Fabregas remains the major priority for the club and they want to raise some cash to get him instead of having to go to bankers.”
Arsenal insist they will not sell Fabregas but Barca boss Pep Guardiola visited the Spanish training camp this week and talked to the 23-year-old.
Rosell also hopes to have a chance of speaking to Wenger while he is in South Africa where the Arsenal boss is covering the World Cup for French TV. (Daily Star)
The word on the street is that once Barcelona offload Zlatan Ibrahimovic they will then make a vastly improved offer of £45m for Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas which will probably also be turned down flat by the north London club, which will then leave the ball very much in the midfielder’s court.
It will then be up to the mercurial skipper to either accept the Gunners position on the offer or he pushes for an exit. Manchester City have tried to push for a swap deal to land the Swedish forward with Robinho being used as bait, but the Catalan side have a cash flow problem at the moment and want a straight money offer for the former Inter Milan man.
Clearly the 23 year old Arsenal man will have been given some food for thought after spending large chunks of the World Cup campaign on the bench as his Barcelona colleagues take up the starting eleven spots and will therefore have a major concern that this will replicate what would happen if he were to make a move back to the Nou Camp.
The north London club have no need to sell their prized asset so this deal may well reach a stalemate with the onus being on the player to express his preference.