Barcelona president Joan Laporta has identified his club's pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas as a "special case".
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been unimpressed by the Catalan side's attempts to sign his captain this summer.
And Laporta said: "I apologise if I bothered Mr Wenger, because I respect him very highly and the job he is doing. But he knows perfectly that the case of Cesc Fabregas is special. He is a Catalan player from our youth team and it is not a secret that we love this player."
Fabregas missed Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United because of a hamstring injury.
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