Barca gearing up for £38m Fabregas bid
Published 23:00 20/02/11 By Football Spy
Barcelona are refusing to give up hope on Cesc Fabregas - and believe they can land him with a £38million bid.
The Gunners had claimed nothing but a world record-breaking fee would prize their club captain away from the Emirates, after Barca failed to land him with a £30million bid last summer.
But a Nou Camp insider has revealed that Arsenal have softened their stance - and the Catalans are preparing to make a bid at the end of the season.
Fabregas has never hidden the fact he wants to return to the club where he started and the Barcelona insider said: “We still want him and we think he still wants to come back to us.
“If we bid €45 million (£38million) then we will be able to sign him.
“Arsenal say they want to keep him but if we offer the right amount of money then things will change. I believe it will take €45 million.”
Fabregas started life at Barcelona but was snapped up by the Gunners at the age of 16.
Barca still regard him as the one that got away from their famed academy, which also produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and coach Pep Guardiola.
The insider added: “He is the best player we let leave the club and he would complete the Barcelona team if he came back. He is a phenomenal player.”