Sky Sports Spanish football reporter Guillem Balague, has insisted that reports linking Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas with a move to either Manchester clubs are not true and the Spaniard's future is at the Nou Camp.
Reports had been published yesterday that both Manchester United and Manchester City were ready to make a bid to bring Fabregas back to England after he has found it hard to break into the first-team in Spain.
The 26-year-old left Barcelona in order to join Arsenal when he was a teenager, but it was his long-term plan to return to Barca one day and he did so when he made the move back in 2011.
After being used mainly as a back-up player behind the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi, Fabregas has grown frustrates with the lack of first-team opportunities, but reports suggesting he could leave the club are not true according to Balague.
The football reporter also revealed that Fabregas' minimum release fee is a staggering £171million, so it would be very unlikely that he would leave the club.
He said on SkySports.com "He is surprised by the rumours that are so strong in England.
"The club has definitely told me this evening that they have got no intention whatsoever of selling him.
"His buyout clause, in case anybody is interested, is €200million (£171m), which is a little bit expensive. In any case it is a deterrent for people to come and try to poach him away.
"If anything was going to happen it would be in the future, maybe next year, who knows, but what seems certain is that both the club and himself have decided he will stay at Barcelona for at least one more season."
Another issue Manchester United or City would face is the fact that Barcelona and Arsenal agreed terms that if they were to sell Fabregas, the Gunners would get half the transfer fee.
This means that Barca would have to see Fabregas for £70 million in order to get their money back.
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