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Barca prepare £30m Arsenal heist - reports

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After securing the Champions League trophy on Saturday night, Pep Guardiola’s attentions have immediately turned to the Spanish giants' top transfer targets, and the Daily Mirror is reporting that a £30 million bid is being put together for Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas has been continually connected to Barcelona, particularly with the Arsenal captain spending the majority of his youth career there.

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continually rebuffed bids from Barca for the star, reports are speculating that Fabregas may officially request a move to be reunited with his old teammates once more.

Prices surrounding the skipper have fluctuated between £35 million and $58 million, but according to the Mail, Barcelona believe they can secure Fabregas with a lesser fee of £30 million if he does request an exit from Arsenal.


 

Manchester City have also reportedly shown interest in taking on the Spaniard, with Roberto Mancini taking a personal liking to Fabregas, and having a large enough budget to offer up to £60 million to land him.

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol recently admitted that players at the Spanish club were hopeful that Fabregas would make a return.

“I am convinced that Cesc will soon be playing with us,” Puyol told reporters.

Wenger, however, has insisted that Fabregas will not leave Arsenal in search of trophies.

"I will fight very hard to keep him here. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality,” Wenger said.

"I believe the biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies to his team.

"A player who changes every time when he is frustrated that he does not win a trophy goes nowhere.

"The quality of a sportsman’s life is to be committed to his club and not just move on when it does not go as well as you expected it."

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