Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted that Arsenal are negotiating for the sale of Cesc Fabregas, with the side getting increasingly frustrated at the situation.
Barcelona have made their intentions to purchase Fabregas public for years now, though a deal has yet to be worked out with the London club.
And now Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood has revealed that talks have taken place over the sale of Fabregas, but a fee is yet to being agreed to.
"They have been messing about for a year-and-a-half now and they have got to make up their minds," Hill-Wood told the Daily Star.
"The ball is in their court. They have made one bid of around £26m and another rather tentative one.
"If they want to buy the player they are going to have to pay the right price - and when you look at what is being paid elsewhere I don't think what we are asking is at all unreasonable.
"We are getting close to [calling off talks]."
Sky Sports is reporting that Arsenal have demanded at least £40 million for Fabregas, with Arsene Wenger still hopeful of holding onto his skipper for next season at least.
Fabregas’ contract doesn’t run out until 2014, so Arsenal are in the winning seat to run negotiations with Barcelona, but the Spanish giants have been so public in their courting of Fabregas that the Gunners are no doubt becoming desperate to have the situation resolved soon.