Spanish full back offered as 'makeweight' in Arsenal deal - reports

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Arsenal are set to be offered defender Martin Montoya as part of a Barcelona bid for Cesc Fabregas, according to reports.

The La Liga and European champions are once again tracking the Gunners' skipper this summer, although valuations between the two clubs are thought to provide a major stumbling block over any potential deal.

With Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly placing a £50 million on the Spanish internationals head and Barcelona only having £40 million to play with in the transfer market as a whole, a deal could potentially hinge on incentives or add-ons.

However, Spanish publication Sport claims that the Catalan club are looking to offer Arsenal a player-plus-cash deal, with right back Martin Montoya thought to be the 'makeweight' in a possible deal.

TalkSPORT claims that Thiago Alcantara was originally going to be the player offered to the Emirates outfit, but the Spaniard's father has moved to rule out a move to England this summer.


Whilst Arsene Wenger is desperate to keep his captain in north London, reports circulated earlier in the week that the Frenchman was willing to let Fabregas leave this summer to a club outside the Barclays Premier League.

Barcelona are the clear favourites, but the aforementioned high valuation by Arsenal is likely to prevent other suitors joining Barca in the race for the player despite a handful of Italian sides being speculatively linked.

Wenger has stressed that he will look to bring players to the club this summer, and Montoya, a product of the youth system at Nou Camp, may not be the worst option for Arsenal.

The decision will ultimately rest with the French manager, but if Fabregas is to leave Arsenal then it is likely to be sooner rather than later so reinforcement can be targeted and signed.

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