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Jun, 21, 2011

Barca underline Fabregas stance

Barcelona have reiterated their stance over Cesc Fabregas' valuation, but they have added new momentum to a possible summer move by publicly claiming the Arsenal skipper is trying to engineer a transfer to Camp Nou.

• Hill-Wood confirms contact
• 'Cesc value has dropped'
• Barca could spend more than €45m
• Cesc happy but leaves door open

Fabregas was the subject of a big-money approach by the Catalans last summer, but Arsenal successfully fended off any advances, despite the midfielder making it clear he would be interested in a return to his former club.

Now Fabregas is wanted again by Barcelona, with Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood confirming he has been approached by the Spanish giants. However, Barca president Sandro Rosell has already warned they will not be willing to pay the £35 million offered to Arsenal a year ago.

Rosell confirmed that stance on Monday night, but he also insisted there was more than one party attempting to make the transfer happen, a claim that arrives on the back of Bacary Sagna's recent admission that Fabregas wants to leave the Emirates.

"He (Cesc) is doing everything he can to come," Rosell told Catalan station TV3. "[Pep] Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc's is less than €40million. Barcelona will offer less and if they don't accept, then he won't come. Pep knows the club is not well-off in terms of money."

Having recently revealed Barcelona's transfer budget to be around £40 million, a move for Fabregas would seem unrealistic as the Catalans sit on the verge of completing a swoop for Udinese star Alexis Sanchez. However, the Daily Mirror reports Barcelona will sell David Villa to Chelsea or Manchester City in order to fund a move for the Arsenal captain.

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