Throughout the summer, Barcelona have been linked to the Spanish midfielder, Cesc Fabregas. However, so far they have been unable to acquire his services.
The Gunners have grown tired of the Barcelona’s attempt to get Fabregas and have had enough. The Arsenal chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, has told the Catalans that they need to either raise their bid for Fabregas or stop trying to get him.
Hill-Wood stated that Barcelona had placed a previous bid for Fabregas of £26 million, which he believes is not nearly sufficient.
Earlier this summer, Barcelona star midfielder Xavi, claimed that Fabregas was “suffering” at Arsenal. These comments provoked a furious reaction at Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger blasted Xavi and claimed that the comments were disrespectful.
Hill-Wood also confirmed that Arsenal are interested in both Phil Jagielka and Juan Mata.
Jagielka has been a very solid defender with Everton and his performances have earned him eight appearances with the English national team. Jagielka would be a great addition to the club and would help to sure up what was a suspect defense last year.
Arsenal previously made a bid of £10 million for Jagielka but were turned down. It is believed that they will launch a new bid at around £15 million for him.
Jagielka is not the only person that Arsenal is targeting. The Gunners are allegedly close to acquiring Juan Mata, from Valencia.
Valencia claim that they have not a bid from Arsenal, but many reports have suggested that the Gunners have offered one at around £17 million.
Mata is a very talented player that can play both in the middle and out wide. His success has also warranted national team appearances, as he has played on 11 different occasions for Spain.