Nou Camp midfielder makes somewhat typical approach for Emirates skipper.
BARCELONA – fresh from signing Javier Mascherano – will launch a £100million double swoop for Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres next summer.
That’s the amazing claim of Nou Camp midfielder Xavi.
The World Cup winner reckons the Catalan giants are determined to land the two Spanish superstars.
Barca swooped for Liverpool’s Argie midfielder Mascherano in a £22m deal at the end of last week.
And Xavi reckons they are determined to raid the Premier League again in 2011 for Liverpool striker Torres, 26, and Arsenal captain Fabregas, 23.
Xavi, 30, said: “Every Barcelona player wanted Cesc to join this year – we made no secret of that.
“But we are prepared to wait another year.
“Everybody in football knows where Cesc’s heart is.
“He’s from Barcelona and was a youngster at the club. It’s not like we have to try to convince him to join – it’s where he wants to be.
“We know the longest we have to wait for Cesc to come home is another 12 months.
“Everybody can live with that. We would love Nando at Barcelona too – he is the most complete striker in the world.
“We have seen what he and David Villa can do for Spain and to have that every week at club level would be frightening.
“I believe he is getting quite disheartened.”
And Xavi is scathing about Torres’ club prospects for this season.
The Spaniard had a close look at Liverpool as the Merseyside club dumped Barca out of the Champions League in 2007 – the season before Torres joined.
And Xavi added: “The season before last Liverpool sold Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid – and now this season they have sold Mascherano.
“Being brutally honest they haven’t brought any top-class players in to replace the ones they have sold.
“They haven’t tried to improve the squad.
“Nando deserves to be playing with the best players like he does with Spain.
“If Liverpool have another disappointing season that will be it for him.” (Daily Star)
So another Barcelona player decides to open his mouth and make statements that should surely result in some sort of punishment. This it the latest in the long line of moves by the Catalan club to unsettle prospective targets and one wonders if anything will ever be done to prevent such blatant attempts to ‘tap up’ players in the future.
Arsene Wenger spent much of the summer fighting off speculation about the future of the Emirates captain and everything seemed to be done and dusted but this latest bit of unsportsmanlike conduct will serve to reopen the debate as to where Cesc Fabregas will be next summer and further down the line.
Xavi has decided to also make annoying statements in relation to Liverpool striker Fernando Torres for added irritation and this source believes this will lead to a £100m double swoop next term.
What do fans make of these latest comments? Should The Spanish international midfielder be dealt with by UEFA?