Wenger battles with Barcelona for £35m star

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at claims that Cesc Fabregas will be making a move to Barcelona in the summer.

“We are not in the transfer market and we do not want to sell our players,” the Arsenal manager told reporters.

“The players that have contracts will stay here unless we decide otherwise. We want to keep our best players.”


The Sun had reported that Wenger was demanding £35 million from Barcelona, with the Frenchman coming to the conclusion that Fabregas would leave given that Arsenal have now gone six years without a trophy.

But Wenger has made it clear that he is intent on keeping the ex Barcelona youngster, who was purchased by Arsenal for £500,000 from the Barcelona academy in 2003.

Reports were rife that Fabregas had requested a transfer in the lead up to last summer’s transfer period. Barcelona publicly courted the star, with Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain telling media at the time: “It's great news that [Fabregas] wants to come here and I think that one day Cesc will have to come to Barca

“But what matters is Arsenal and what their decision is.

“They think he is a very important player for them so we have to respect Arsenal's wishes and the contract he has.

“But I wish it was happening as soon as possible.”

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