Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has given Arsenal’s chances of keeping Cesc Fabregas a further boost by ruling out a bid greater than the one they made last year.
Speaking at a press conference, Rosell said when asked if Cesc would like to join, “Who wouldn’t like to join us? A lot of players would, but we won’t go mad and throw everything at signing him.
“We’ll see what happens on the transfer market. Initially, we have €45m but we might use part of next year’s money too”.
And speaking specifically about Fabregas he said, “Last year we offered €40m for Cesc, this season his value is less. What we can offer will also depend on his salary”.
With Arsenal’s valuation of their captain at £50m, and Barcelona’s offer of just €30m the only one reported so far, it seems that unless the terms are seriously improved then Fabregas could well begin next season with the Arsenal. It remains to be seen if the Gunners are open to a cash + player deal which would suit the Spanish champions. Seydou Keita has been mentioned as a possible makeweight.
Yesterday Cesc said that although he was frustrated at not winning trophies he was happy at Arsenal. Arsenal fans will hope that Barcelona continue to undervalue their captain.