Cesc Fabregas is not worth more than £37.5m - Barcelona stand firm

16 June 2010 02:51
Barcelona's president-elect has reportedly set a £37.5million limit on what his club are prepared to pay for Cesc Fabregas this summer.

Sandro Rosell, who will formally take over from Joan Laporta on July 1, had already revealed he would continue the pursuit of Arsenal's captain if coach Pep Guardiola was fully behind the deal.

However, after being briefed by Laporta on the prickly negotiations, sources in Catalonia say Rosell is refusing to guarantee a deal will be done and has set aside less than £10m more than the £29m initial bid already rejected by the Gunners.

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Arsenal insist their star midfielder is not for sale and it is understood that a huge bid of £60m would be needed to turn their heads.

However, Rosell seems more focussed on moving out fringe players and is considering a quieter approach to Fabregas negotiations than the public pursuit which has angered his counterparts in north London.

Yaya Toure is expected to leave for Manchester City before the end of the week, while reports in Catalonia say Guardiola has agreed with Rosell that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expendable and can leave for the right price.

Manchester City and Chelsea have already been offered the Sweden striker, while Rosell has targeted Liverpool for a potential swap deal with Fernando Torres if Guardiola approves.

A part-exchange for City's Robinho has also been mooted, with Barcelona keen to strengthen their options down the left ahead of Thierry Henry's departure. 

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Source: Daily_Mail