New Barca bid tipped for Arsenal skipper
FC Barcelona are preparing to make one last attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas as the European champions’ president reveals their increased focus on the midfielder.
Arsenal captain Fabregas has been pining for a move back home to play for the La Liga champions, but Wenger has been clinging on to the Spanish midfielder, admitting he was torn over if he should stay at the Emirates or return to the Nou Camp last month.
But Barcelona are just as keen to acquire the Spanish international’s services next season, and the Daily Telegraph claims the Catalan club are expected to make another move for the 24-year-old, who has been training as normal with the Gunners since recovering from knee ligament problems.
Club president Sandro Rosell was coy but clear about their motives. He said: “We’re short of just one player and everyone knows which one that is.”
Arsenal have stuck by a valuation of £40 million for Fabregas, who has been with the club for eight years after joining from Barcelona’s youth team.
But for Arsene Wenger it's business as usual as he tries to galvanise his troops after a sporadic pre-season. The Frenchman will be looking to include Fabregas in Saturday's last pre-seasn game, against Benfica, and is reportedly heartened by the player's scheduled appearance in the Arsenal team photograph to be taken this week.
But if all else fails for Wenger, he may well have his next Spanish protege in his midst as Arsenal look to take on 16-year-old midfielder José Rodríguez Martínez from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.