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Barcelona adamant - 'We're not selling Fabregas'

ESPN staff
July 26, 2013
Gerardo Martino waves after being unveiled as Barcelona's new coach on Thursday ... and it seems he will be keeping Cesc Fabregas © AP

Cesc Fabregas has informed friends in the English game that he is ready to leave Barcelona for Manchester United, but Barcelona's vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has maintained the player is going nowhere.

"It doesn't matter what any offer from Manchester United is, we're not selling him," Bartomeu said. "We're counting on him. He's not for sale.

"If there was a higher offer would we accept it? No. He's a great player. It doesn't bother us that Manchester United want him. We're proud that a club like that wants one of our players."

Barcelona have already rebuffed a bid in excess of £30 million from United for the midfielder.

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New Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino was equally firm that the player was staying. "I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here."

As United continue their pre-season tour of Japan, David Moyes used his press-conference on Thursday to announce that the club's efforts to bring in Fabregas were "ongoing", with another increased bid thought to be on the way.

However according to the Daily Mail the situation may now have titled in United's favour with Fabregas reportedly telling friends in England that he is ready to leave Camp Nou for a second time, having quit Arsenal to return to his hometown club just two years ago.

United will be encouraged by these new developments, with Fabregas attracted by the lure of regular first-team football, which he cannot be guaranteed at Barcelona.

Fabregas is also believed to be keen to link up once again with his former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie, with whom he won an FA Cup in 2005.

It is understood that if Fabregas asks for a transfer then the club's stance may change, with the midfielder set for showdown talks with new manager Gerardo Martino.

Cesc Fabregas is reportedly keen to link up with former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie at Manchester United
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