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Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has insisted that the club must show 'respect' towards Arsenal in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas.

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Reports have suggested that Barcelona are preparing a third €39 million bid for Fabregas, although the Gunners are holding out for a figure closer to €45 million.

Spanish paper Marca says Arsenal and Barca are €6 million apart in their valuation of Fabregas, while AS maintains he might have to play a game or two for Arsenal because it does not look likely the deal will be sorted out before the start of the English season - even though the clubs are "closer than ever".

And, despite Barcelona players regularly speaking about their admiration for Fabregas throughout the summer, Zubizarreta insists that they must be respectful before a deal is done.

''We need to be respectful of the team Cesc belongs to,'' he said. "We won't comment on the Fabregas negotiations. There will be time for that in the future."

Zubizarreta has already seen a €26 million move for Udinese's Alexis Sanchez completed and added: "Our fans know that we work to have the best team possible."

A few days ago, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola made the club's intentions perfectly clear when he stated: "We're short of just one player and everyone knows which one that is."

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