Nou Camp boss is determined to capture Emirates Stadium captain.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says the club will “fight to the end” to sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The European champions had a bid of about £27m rejected by the Gunners in June this year.
“Barcelona have made an offer, Arsenal another and we have until 31 August to try to reach an agreement,” said Barca coach Guardiola.
“We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad.”
He added: “There is a sum of money in the strong box set aside for this signing but if it doesn’t work out it will be kept in the box for something else.”
Fabregas was a product of the Barcelona youth academy before joining Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003. He did not travel with the Arsenal squad on their pre-season tour of Asia.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Pep Guardiola means business and some sources state that the Catalan side is ready to up their original offer and move nearer to the reported £35m valuation that Arsenal have placed on their captain. Arsene Wenger is fighting to keep the Spaniard at the club but it appears that Barcelona have the bit between their teeth on this one and one wonders if the North London can keep the 24 year old past September 1st.
Cesc Fabregas has of course repeatedly been linked with a move to Barcelona and a few of the Catalan club’s stars have indulged in some rather dodgy ‘tapping-up’ tactics with Xavi, among others, claiming that the former youth team player was upset that he wasn’t being allowed to leave the Gunners.
Barcelona are also reportedly closing in on Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez and there push to sign these two stars would seem to put paid to the supposed financial problems at the La Liga giants.
Arsene Wenger is looking to keep Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri and the Gunners boss has now stated that he has no intention of selling the French international and would rather watch his deal run out next summer than sell to a rival Premier League side.
However Arsenal will look to find buyers for the likes of Manuel Almunia and Nicklas Bendtner, neither of whom have joined the club on their Asian tour. Wenger is also set to send Denilson on loan back to Sao Paulo and may consider offers for the likes of Emmanuel Eboue and Abou Diaby.