One last attempt by Barca to nab Emirates captain.
Barcelona are preparing to make a final bid of almost £40million to take World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal in time for the start of the new season.
The Gunners captain is on holiday after celebrations in Spain last week, when he was tricked into wearing a Barca shirt, before a return to London in two weeks for pre-season training.
But new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is committed to taking the player back to the club where he trained as a boy.
Fabregas has told manager Arsene Wenger that he wishes to join the Catalan club but Arsenal have been infuriated by the implication from Barca that the player’s return this summer was inevitable.
Yesterday Wenger insisted: ‘I fully expect Cesc to be an Arsenal player this season. He is our captain and we want to keep him and that is why we didn’t listen to any offers. We do not just give in because somebody wants somebody from us.
‘I believe Cesc loves the club and I am confident the story will end there. We want Cesc at our club next season and that is it. The talking has stopped and we never wanted it to start.’ (Mail on Sunday)
So you thought this was all over did you? Afraid not Arsenal fans, it seems that the Catalan giants are ready to up the ante in their pursuit of the Emirates skipper even though the Gunners could not have made it more clear that they have no intention of listening to offers for Cesc Fabregas.
Sandro Rosell made a pledge when he was running for the Nou Camp presidency and that pledge included snaring their former youth player and I guess if he fails in that duty then he starts his stint as top dog at the La Liga club on a poor footing. Shame that really, because I see no way that the north London club will give in as they have no need to sell their prized asset.