Messi desperate to link up with Gunners skipper again

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Lionel Messi has admitted to sending texts to Cesc Fabregas pleading with the Arsenal man to join Barcelona.

World Player of the Year Messi played alongside the Gunners skipper in the Barca youth academy and is desperate to rekindle their partnership.

The Catalan club have already made an offer of £30 million turned down but are expected to make an improved bid after the World Cup.

Messi said: "I would like Cesc to return to Barca. I know him well and it would be very good to repeat my experience that I had with Gerard Pique after he returned from Manchester United.

"I have been sending SMS messages to Cesc to convince him to return and so has Gerard. But I know it's a hard decision to leave Arsenal.

"But to unite me, Pique and Cesc at Barcelona would be spectacular and that would show how strong the youth system and our young players are," he added.

Outgoing Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s re-election campaign revolved around securing the signature of Fabregas before the elections ended, something which does not look likely.

Instead, it will be up to new president Sandro Rosell, who takes charge on July 1, to continue negotiations and Laporta still expects a deal to be completed.

Laporta said: "It will be a complicated deal. I never thought it would be easy, as Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are tough negotiators.

"It will be impossible to complete the deal by June 30. But I will be very happy if Rosell can complete the deal which we started."

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