Newly-appointed Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique refused to take the opportunity to confirm in-demand midfielder Cesc Fabregas is “untransferable” during his first press conference since succeeding Gerardo Martino at the Camp Nou.
Fabregas has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and former club Arsenal in recent weeks, with reports suggesting Barcelona will sell the Spain international if they receive a bid in excess of €40m. But rather than quash the intense speculation there and then, Enrique merely added more fuel to the fire.
“We are not getting into all the names now,” the former AS Roma and Celta Vigo boss told reporters. “We do not have to make decisions now, we have time.”
it’s believed Barcelona have made Fabregas available for transfer along with several other high-profile players at the club. The World Cup winner finished the 2013/14 season with more assists than any other Barca player, but his performances were not always appreciated by the club’s supporters, who even jeered the Catalan-born midfielder on occasions this term.
Barcelona finished the season without a major trophy, but Enrique has been tasked with the job of revamping the squad this summer to ensure the Catalan giants win the La Liga title at the end of the next campaign.
Arsenal, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, do not have first refusal on their former midfielder - who spent eight years with the Gunners - which means Manchester United appear to have every chance of luring the 27-year-old to Old Trafford over the forthcoming weeks.