Thank you, Fabregas! Barcelona chief reminds Arsenal that Cesc wants to come home

01 June 2010 12:13
Barcelona's decision to wage a quiet assault in their bid to land Cesc Fabregas has lasted less than a week.[LNB]Nou Camp president Joan Laporta has risked riling Arsenal yet further by publicly thanking the Spain midfielder for expressing a desire to join his side.[LNB]The two clubs remain some distance apart in their valuations of Fabregas, but Barcelona are still keen to do a deal before the World Cup finals, upping the public pressure in a bid to break the impasse.[LNB] Red alert: Barca hope that the days of seeing Fabregas (left) in an Arsenal shirt are coming to an end[LNB]The Spanish champions indicated they would open the bidding at £30million, while the Gunners set the bar high by comparing him to £80m Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.[LNB]Laporta insists there is room to compromise and signalled he was not about to give up the struggle to repatriate a player who came through his club's youth ranks.[LNB]'We are being prudent in the sense that we are not going to do thingsthat are not logical,' Laporta told reporters in Spain.[LNB]'We have a player who has expressed his intention of coming to Barcelona. He (Fabregas) has said it and I want to thank him publicly for that decision.[LNB] One down: Laporta (left) welcomes David Villa to the Nou Camp earlier this month[LNB]'We are working on it (his signing). We will try to achieve his signature and if we don't get there with time, at least we will have opened a path.[LNB]'The possibility is always there but the other part (Arsenal) has to defend their interests and perhaps has a different strategy.[LNB]'We are trying to find a halfway point for both sides to agree.'[LNB]With Yaya Toure seemingly on his way out of the Nou Camp, Barca would also like to sign Javier Mascherano from Liverpool. [LNB]However, if the price goes too high for Fabregas, they will struggle to shell out another £30m demanded at Anfield for the Argentina skipper.[LNB]  Barcelona's courtship of Fabregas could scupper fresh Mascherano moveBarcelona issue Fabregas warning: We will not pay over the odds, says LaportaArsenal inquire about Joe Cole while Chelsea line-up £15m right-back SrnaTottenham and Arsenal on alert as Lyon's Makoun says future is in doubtARSENAL FC

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