Barcelona Transfer News: Dispute With Arsenal Jeopardizes Cesc Fabregas Transfer

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08:  Lionel Messi (L) of Barcelona duels for the ball with Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Just when you think the Cesc Fabregas saga couldn't get any more dramatic, the claws come out between Arsenal and Barcelona.

There has been tension between the two sides ever since Barca resumed their pursuit of Fabregas. The Nou Camp has attempted two unsuccessful bids for the Gunners' skipper, and Arsenal has poached two of Barca's starlets.

The signings of Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral have rubbed Barcelona the wrong way, and the world's best club is making sure Arsenal knows that.

Per Mirror Football:

But there is a stumbling block causing an ugly stand-off.

Wenger signed Barca 16-year-olds Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin this summer after they turned down new contracts at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona are fuming and have thrown the issue into the Fabregas equation, saying they won’t report Arsenal to FIFA over the matter and will withdraw a claim of £350,000 on each player, providing Fabregas comes their way.

That has enraged the Londoners, who insist they have done nothing wrong.

Anytime you want to land a club's top player, obviously you want to start a feud over two signings and hold them over their head.

What Barcelona is doing is insulting, and if I'm Arsene Wenger, I'm offended and re-energized to keep Fabregas.

Barca is using those signings, which are fair contracts, to try and land one of the world's top midfielders, and it would rub any club the wrong way. You simply can't blackmail clubs into selling players over to you because you're tired of losing young prospects.

Barcelona looked like it was going to land Fabregas after wearing down Wenger and Arsenal with their continued pursuit of the midfielder, but now, this debate has only hardened the Gunners against Barca's pursuit.

The Nou Camp would love nothing more than to welcome Fabregas home, but when the season starts, the Arsenal skipper will be at the Emirates, and Barca will have themselves to blame for this needless ploy.

Barcelona is a classier club than they've shown during this saga. 


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