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Barca candidate believes Cesc deal is 'easy'

A member of the team that will support Barcelona's likely new president Sandro Rosell claims it will be "so easy" for the club to secure the signing of Cesc Fabregas.

• Arsenal reject Barca bid

Arsenal rejected a formal offer from Barcelona on Wednesday and outlined in strong terms that they have no intention of selling their captain, despite the fact Fabregas has told Arsene Wenger he wants to return to his former club.

Because Fabregas is a product of the Barcelona youth academy, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who will be the club's sporting vice-president if Rosell wins the presidential election in ten days' time, believes it will not take much effort to prise the player from Arsenal.

"A player who was made in La Masia, who has said publicly that he wants to come to Barca, who has said so to his coach and who can count on the support of Guardiola, it seems so easy to us that whoever goes into the negotiations will find themselves in the best conditions to seal the deal," Bartomeu said.

"All the players have a price but we can't value what Cesc's is because we would be intervening in a deal that the club are handling at present.

"The price of a player is always in relation to the number of years he has left on his contract, but in this case it seems that the wind is blowing in our favour."

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