Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has revealed, yet again, they will not go above their valuation of €40m for Cesc Fabregas.
Speaking to Catlunya’s TV3 he said “I don’t know if Cesc will sign or not. We’ll offer less than €40m and if Arsenal don’t agee, then Cesc will not come. Have no doubt, he has a great desire to come here. We have €45m for signings, plus money from sales. There is no more money”.
With Barcelona set to seal a deal for Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez, taking a big slice of their transfer budget, it seems more and more likely that a deal is beyond their financial means this summer. Even with further sales, and the money due to them from the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahmovic to AC Milan, they seen unwilling to match Arsenal’s reported £50m valuation of their captain.
There’s still plenty of this story to play out but it looks more and more positive for Arsenal who will be delighted to hold onto a player who has created more goals than any other player in the last five years in all top five leagues (courtesy of Opta).