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La Liga: Barcelona Pursues Cesc Fabregas, Tries to Mend Relation With Arsenal

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 12:  Pepe Reina (L) and Carles Puyol (R) of the Spanish national football team put a FC Barcelona shirt on Cesc Fabregas during the Spanish team's parade following their victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on July 12, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Daniel Sastre/Getty Images)
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Debora RubiContributor IJuly 20, 2010

After a €35 million offer by Barcelona to get Arsenal Captain, Cesc Fabregas, was rejected, Barcelona sporting vice president Josep Maria Bartolomeu declared that first the relationship with the English team must be fixed.

According to ESPN, Bartolomeu is insistent on fixing the relationship that has become strained during off season negotiations before continuing with another offer.

While Fabregas has shown an interest in a move to Camp Nou this summer to return to his boyhood team, Arsenal has been hurt by the increasingly tenacious offers on its captain.

Current Barca president, Sandro Rosell, is aware of Arsenal's feelings about the transfer and has confirmed that both clubs are working on fixing their tense relationship as a priority before working on negotiations about Fabregas.

The Spanish club is facing deep financial trouble. They have just taken out a loan of 155 million euros to stay afloat, so they are unlikely to be willing to offer more money to the Arsenal player.

 

CAREER IN ARSENAL

Fabregas, who began his career in Barcelona, was transferred to Arsenal when he was just 16 years old and emerged as one of the best young players in the world.

Since then, Fabregas has been key to the beautiful possession football of his Arsenal team, portrayed by many as the English Barcelona.

Fabregas has been the leader of the English team since 2008, although his captaincy was delayed due to a knee injury.

He has been put in the responsibility of leading other young players as Arsenal continues to rebuild, including Nicklas Bendnter and Theo Walcott.

Despite the current active summer by Arsenal, the Spanish player has continuously been portrayed as being untouchable.

 

OTHER BARCA TRANSFERS

Barcelona had the biggest transfer of the summer when they signed golden boot contender David Villa before the World Cup.

They Spanish champions were able to wrestle away the Spanish striker from Valencia for 34.2 million Euros.

After the World Cup, Barcelona made another move when they signed full back and midfielder Adriano from Sevilla.

Sevilla's medical tests are still pending before his transfer is complete.

In a midfield already filled with the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, it is unlikely that Cesc Fabregas would make the starting 11 after his transfer, making an offer of any more money unlikely from the Catalan team.

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