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By ESPN Staff
Oct 11, 2009

Barca chief: We will sign Fabregas - one day

Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain believes Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will end up at the Nou Camp one day and has also hinted the European champions could make a move for Manchester City forward Robinho.

Fabregas, a Barca youth-team product, has long been linked with a return to the Catalan giants even though the player and his club have always maintained he is committed to seeing out his long-term contract.

But Begiristain said of the 22-year-old to Spanish daily Sport: "He is a player with the Barca profile. He was born here, breathing football. One day, he will end up playing at the Nou Camp, I'm sure."

Barca are expected to bolster their squad in January with Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure likely to be away on African Nations Cup duty.

Brazil forward Robinho looks to be another player on Barca's radar, with Begiristain saying: "He's a very interesting player and can play the Champions League."

A move for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery could also be resurrected.

"We have a great relationship with Bayern Munich and eventually we told them we were interested in signing Ribery," Begiristain said of the summer attempts to sign the 26-year-old France international.

"Twice we have offered money for him and both times we were told he was not for sale. And it is true, because they said the same thing to Chelsea and Real Madrid.

"If Bayern Munich puts Ribery on the market, we'll know first. Another thing is the price, of course."

Begiristain insists, however, that treble-winning coach Pep Guardiola has not been overly demanding regarding players he wants to see brought in.

"I must say that Pep has never complained or pressured us," he added. "He knows how the football transfer market is and sometimes it is impossible to sign any player you want in spite of the efforts you make."

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