Wednesday, 1 June 2011


BARCELONA will make another attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas for £40m after lifting the European Cup.Champions League winners Barcelona have been trying to land Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas for two years but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has repeatedly made it clear he has no desire to sell his captain.But the Spanish champs just refuse to go away and have agreed to up their bid by £10m in an attempt to prise him from Arsenal’s grasp.After beating Manchester United at Wembley coach Pep Guardiola has held fresh talks with club president Sandro Rossell about Fabregas.And the 24-year-old remains their No.1 target.A source close to Barca said last night: “They still have not spoken formally to Arsenal about him. “They had wanted to do it while they were in London for the Champions League Final but it never happened. But they will not give up.”

Last summer Fabregas went public with his desire to leave and join Barcelona after lengthy talks with Wenger.This time he is expected to remain silent while negotiations carry on behind the scenes.As well as the improved cash offer for Fabregas, Barca would also allow Arsenal to choose one of their young players as part of any deal.Guardiola wants Fabregas as back-up to Xavi and Andres Iniesta so he can rotate players more.

Arsenal want Wigan’s £15m-rated midfielder James McCarthy.Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will hold talks in a desperate attempt to keep the 20-year-old.The Republic of Ireland international is also being tracked by Liverpool and Chelsea.

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