Barca refuse to pay £40m for Fabregas
Published 23:01 06/07/11 By John Cross
Cesc Fabregas was last night facing another ugly saga after Barcelona refused to back down in their transfer tussle with Arsenal.
Fabregas will miss the Gunners’ Far East tour because of his persistent hamstring injury while Barca are also making it clear they will not pay the £40million being demanded.
Meanwhile, Samir Nasri is booked to fly to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday as Arsenal refuse to sell the French midfielder - as revealed by the Mirror .
The wrangle over Fabregas is threatening to turn ugly, with Barcelona’s right-back Dani Alves adding fuel to the fire.
Alves told radio station RAC1: “I am convinced Cesc will join us. Arsenal are in tourist class, Barcelona are in business class and any player would want to join us.”
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell last night claimed Fabregas is desperate to move to the Nou Camp and says they are determined to get their man.
But the European champions are also sticking to their guns over youngsters Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral, both 16, who left Barca to join Arsenal for just £350,000 each - a set amount for training fees.
Barcelona value the pair at £7m and want that worked into any deal, so they will claim their next offer is worth £37m - although in reality they will only be offering £30m cash.
"I like the fact that players want to come to Barcelona," said Rosell. "The situation with Cesc is still the same though.
“It would be very good if he does come back. We will just have to let things run their course and hope that they flow in our favour.”
Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta added: “The subject has not stopped. Now we want a movement from Arsenal because really the decision corresponds to them.
“But today is not the day to talk about everything that happens regarding Cesc, whether they exist or not.
“They are things that will happen in time, in the future. We will not talk about signings until we have done the deal. When they are facts we shall talk.
“We respect the clubs that own the players that we would like to sign. We work along the lines of respect.”
It leaves Fabregas in limbo and working in the gym on his own until his future is resolved and that is now likely to drag on until August.
Some Spanish media have reported that Barca had set Sunday as a cut-off date, but that is believed to be a red herring - Barcelona simply do not want him to go to the Far East.
And Fabregas will not be going, with the hamstring providing a convenient sicknote.
Arsenal are resigned to losing their captain but still believe they can persuade Nasri to stay, despite strong interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Inter Milan.
Nasri, 24, has been offered a new £90,000-a-week contract and Arsenal must decide whether to sell now or let him go into the final year of his contract.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not want to sell and believes he can talk Nasri - who returns to training today - into signing a new deal.
Nasri fancies United over City but may also be willing to sit out the last 12 months to get his move if Arsenal refuse to sell.
The Gunners will take him to the Far East, adamant that even a £25m bid will not be enough to make them part with the player.
Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson - both up for sale this summer, with the latter interesting Deportivo La Coruna - set to fly out on Sunday as well.
However, Abou Diaby won’t go because of an ankle injury that may jeopardise any potential transfer.
Arsenal’s new £12m signing Gervinho underwent a medical yesterday and will be on the plane on Sunday.
Wenger is also closing in on Valencia’s Spanish star Juan Mata, who is believed to be keen on joining Arsenal, as is Bolton’s Gary Cahill.
The club also want to complete a deal for Southampton's 17-year-old winger Alex Chamberlain, 17, with Saints' left-back Luke Shaw, 16, to be thrown into any transfer.