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Cesc Fabregas may never play for Arsenal again as Barcelona prepare 50m bid

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04 Apr 2010 00:42:12

Cesc Fabregas may never play for Arsenal again as Barcelona prepare 50m bid

Cesc Fabregas could have played his last game for Arsenal as the man likely to be the new Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, is preparing tolaunch a £50million bid to bring the Arsenal captain back to the club of his youth. Fabregas, long linked with Barcelona from where he joined Arsenal asa 16-year-old in 2003, fractured his leg playing against his former club in the Champions League last week and is now out for the rest of the season, including Tuesday night's return leg at the Nou Camp. Tough break: Cesc Fabregas hobbles off the pitch injured against Barcelona But Rosell, a former vice president of Barca and Nike executive who has always maintained excellent relations with Fabregas and his family, is now looking likely to be installed as the club president in the June elections. Although Barca manager Pep Guardiola is more focused on recruiting a replacement for Thierry Henry, with Franck Ribery and David Silva the targets, the coup of securing Fabregas at the start of Rosell's presidency will drive the bid. Fabregas is under contract to Arsenal until 2014, having signed an eight-year deal in 2006, but has resisted renewing it even though manager Arsene Wenger has been keen for talks. The player has always insisted he will remain loyal to Arsenal, while admitting that one day he is likely to return to Spain. Fabregas is advised by Darren Dein, son of former Arsenal vice-chairman David, who maintains good relations with Barcelona and negotiated Thierry Henry's move to the club from Emirates Stadium in 2007. Fabregas signed his most recent contract in October 2006 and will be free to buy out the remaining years of his contract, which would amount to around £16m in the transfer window of January 2011. Rosell is involved in a bitter battle for the Nou Camp presidency and has vowed to sue current president Joan Laporta after he accused Rosell of corruption.  Arsenal 1 Wolves 0: Bendtner's late winner maintains Gunners' title pushRyan Shawcross didn't mean to break my leg, insists Arsenal's Aaron RamseyArsene under fire: France boss brands Wenger 'irresponsible' over Gallas


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