Barca: We won't break bank for Fabregas

29 May 2010 10:42
arcelona president Joan Laporta will not pay an "exorbitant" fee for Cesc Fabregas and an offer above his market value is out of the question.[LNB] The Catalan giants have made securing the midfielder's signature their top priority this summer, with the Arsenal skipper having been strongly linked with a return to his roots for some time.[LNB]The Spain international is reported to have told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he wants to move on, despite being contracted to the club until 2015.[LNB]The issue at present is that Arsenal are reluctant to part with their prized asset, well aware that losing their captain would represent a sizeable step backwards.[LNB]An outrageous offer could force their hand, as they could pump the funds back into the team, but they are prepared to hold firm until they get what they want.[LNB]Barca, though, have made it clear that they are not prepared to pay over the odds and will look elsewhere should the Gunners refuse to play ball.[LNB]A tentative enquiry has already been made in an effort to determine Arsenal's stance, but Laporta admits his club will not be held to ransom in their pursuit of Fabregas.[LNB]"We will not sign any players for above market value," he said.[LNB]"We are interested in signing Cesc and Arsenal know that but we will not pay an exorbitant price for any player.[LNB]"When it comes to market prices, we'll strengthen where we can but will not pay an unrealistic price"

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