Barcelona forward Lionel Messi hopes the Catalan club finally seal the capture of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this summer.
Barca have tracked the Catalan midfielder for several seasons and had two big-money bids for their former youth team player turned down by the Gunners last summer.But Messi, who lost out to Fabregas and his Arsenal team-mates in the first leg of the teams' Champions League tie on Wednesday night, believes his friend will soon be a Barca player.
"Let's hope so," he told Sport in an interview. "In the end he will do what he wants and what the people at Barca want. It doesn't depend on us, but I think his inclination is to be at Barcelona because there is nowhere he will be better off than here."
Barca lost 2-1 in London, despite going ahead and completely dominating the first half against the Gunners.
Messi believes Fabregas played a big part in the Arsenal revival that night and claims his friend is the key player in Arsene Wenger's side.
"It's clear he is vital for them," he said.
"Their play depends so much on him; they are constantly giving him the ball - he is a very important player for them."
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