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Friday 21 July 2017

Fabregas doing ‘‘all he can’’ to join home club Barca

Cesc Fabregas, centre, pictured during celebrations following Spain's World Cup triumph when he had a Barcelona shirt put on him by his team mates. Photo: Getty Images
Cesc Fabregas, centre, pictured during celebrations following Spain's World Cup triumph when he had a Barcelona shirt put on him by his team mates. Photo: Getty Images

Independent.ie reporters

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has admitted the Catalan club are unwilling to pay Arsenal's £35m valuation of their captain Cesc Fabregas, but says the midfielder is doing "all he can" to join Pep Guardiola's side.

Fabregas' wish to join Barça – where he started out as a youth player – is no secret, although the midfielder claimed he was happy at Arsenal just last week.

But the Arsenal captain, who left Barça at 16, also admitted he dreams of playing for the Nou Camp side and Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood revealed there had been contact between the clubs this week, saying Fabregas' desire to return home was "understandable".

In a similar stance to last summer, when Barça had two bids turned down for the player, Rosell claimed the Catalan club would not pay over the odds for the midfielder.

"He (Cesc) is doing everything he can to come (here)," the Barça president told Catalan station TV3 on Monday night.

"Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc's is less than €40m. 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."

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