Arsenal have confirmed that Barcelona have been in touch with the north London club about the possibility of signing Cesc Fabregas and it now appears that the Spanish outfit are ready to make a formal offer for the services of the midfielder.
It appears that the Gunners value their captain at £35 million, an amount that Barca seem unwilling to stretch towards, with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell stating that any bid from the Catalan club will be less than the £35 million mark.
Rosell has also claimed that Fabregas is doing everything in his power to become a Barcelona player this summer, despite the player’s claim that it is Arsenal’s decision whether to release him to his boyhood club.
“He is doing everything he can to come,” he said on Catalan television.
“Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc’s is less than €40m (£35.4m). Barcelona will offer less and if they [Arsenal] don’t accept, then he won’t come. Pep knows the club is not well-off in terms of money.”
Arsenal are likely to have made contingency plans if Fabregas leaves the Emirates this summer, with Arsene Wenger having made a list of possible new additions to the squad with Samir Nasri also the subject of transfer speculation.