Barcelona have tabled an improved offer for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims the La Liga champions have made a £36 million bid for the Spanish international, although the paper goes on to claim that the Gunners will be holding out for at least £40 million.
Arsene Wenger was forced to leave Fabregas out of his side for the Emirates Cup over the weekend, claiming the player was torn between staying with Arsenal or leaving for his boyhood club in the transfer window.
"We have a responsibility towards our club and I have that responsibility to sell the players at a decent price. Or I take money away from my club. And that is not just to please one player,” said the Gunners boss.
“The players who are really committed to the club, my energy and my focus goes on them. I cannot help the other (Fabregas) situation because it does not only depend on me, it depends on the players and on the other clubs.
“I’m just worried that the player has to be completely focused and committed to our club. He is the captain of our club and we have to make sure he is really focused on being with Arsenal.”
Wenger reportedly wants the situation resolved by the start of the new campaign, which kicks off on August 13th and sees Arsenal take on Newcastle at St. James' Park.
Whilst the Frenchman is eager to keep both Fabregas and Samir Nasri at the Emirates, contingency transfer plans are thought to be in place, with Juan Mata one player linked with a move to the Gunners.
Whilst transfer funds are believed to be at the manager's disposal, Wenger is unlikely to commit to a move until one of his current crop leaves north London.
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