Barcelona will need to up their bid to snare Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, and the Spanish giants look to have to choose between the Gunners star and coveted signing Alexis Sanchez, according to the Islington Gazzette.
According to reports, Sanchez will cost Barcelona £44 million. Fabregas, meanwhile, will cost the club at least £30 million, with Arsenal reportedly rejecting a bid for as much. But after recording a £369.5 million debt and losing £64.34m, the strings on Barcelona’s financial straps looks set to be tightened this summer.
While Pep Guardiola has still been given a generous transfer budget considering the circumstances, Sanchez and Fabregas are both too bigger players to both come onto the Catalan club’s books.
Manchester City will be booted at the news, with the Eastlands club in hot pursuit of Sanchez. While Manchester United were also front runners to secure the Udinese star’s signature, Sir Alex Ferguson pulled out when the fee raised over £30 million, leaving City the only English club to continue chasing Sanchez.
Arsenal will be hoping that Barcelona turn down Fabregas to go all out for Sanchez, while City are monitoring the situation carefully in the hopes that Barca choose Fabregas.
It seems that Arsenal and Manchester City will continue to rival one another until Barcelona make a decision over which signing is more important.