Arsenal have begun negotiations over the sale of Cesc Fabregas, according to Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
"Last year we were interested in Cesc but Arsenal didn't place him on the market. This year they have agreed to negotiate and that's what we're doing,” Guardiola said.
"Market prices are what they are but we [hope] in the end that everything will be sorted out.
“There is some money in a box for this player and we will try until the last day to bring Cesc because he will make our squad better."
Arsenal have long suffered transfer speculation over the possibility of Fabregas making a return to his boyhood club.
Recently Arsene Wenger called for an end to rumours surrounding Fabregas’ future at Arsenal, telling reporters: “We play most of the big clubs away in the first half of the season.
“We have to stop at some stage. I hope we can close that [the Fabregas situation] very quickly in our favour.”
But it appears Barcelona are desperate to sign the Arsenal skipper, and also hope that the issue will be resolved quickly.
Fabregas is worth around £45 million, according to the Daily Mirrror, and if the captain does leave, pundits will be waiting with baited breath to see what Wenger does with the money over the next two months in the transfer market.