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Barcelona confident of securing Cesc

Barcelona remain confident of securing the services of Cesc Fabregas, according to vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who says the Catalans have plenty of time to re-sign their one-time youth-team player.

As Alexis Sanchez was unveiled officially after a summer-long courtship finally reached its logical conclusion on Thursday, Bartomeu suggested that Barcelona are calm on the prospect of landing the Arsenal captain.

"They [the talks] are going in the right direction," he said. "We will try and do what we can with the money we have.

"We have until August 30 to do things and I am sure we will." The haggling between the club continues with Arsenal valuing Fabregas at £40 million, though the suggestion is that Barcelona are close to fixing a price.

"I am very happy and I came to Barcelona to learn from the best in the world like Xavi and [Lionel] Messi," Sanchez said. "I want to leave an impression and I hope to help Barcelona win more titles. Barcelona are the best team in the world."

"He [head coach Pep Guardiola] called me and for me this was very important. It gave me confidence that he wanted me."

Sanchez is expected to have to compete with Messi, David Villa and Pedro for a place in Barcelona's esteemed front three while Fabregas will compete with the fabled trio of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

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