Barcelona make formal offer for Fabregas
Barcelona have confirmed they have submitted a written offer to Arsenal for midfielder Cesc Fabregas and are now in "formal" discussions.
The 23-year-old has long been linked with a return to Barca, the club where he plied his trade as a youngster before moving to the Gunners seven years ago.
He is under contract with the north London outfit until June 2014 but last month expressed his desire to head back to the Nou Camp at a promotional event in the Catalan capital.
That wish could have moved a step closer to reality over the past two days.
Barca director general Joan Oliver told club website www.fcbarcelona.cat: "Everyone knows that Cesc wants to play for this club and everyone knows that we also want this. But there is a third major player, which is Arsenal.
"Any deal must go through them and June 1 was the beginning of the period of official negotiations.
"Until earlier there were informal conversations, but since yesterday these are formal - and the usual mechanism is to present a formal and concrete offer.
"So yesterday afternoon, we submitted a written bid to Arsenal."