Arsenal Transfer News: Cesc Fabregas as Good as Gone as Barca and Arsenal Talk

Devil in a New DressSenior Writer IAugust 5, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08:  A fan holds up a banner welcoming Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal to the Camp Nou stadium prior to the start of 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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Reports claim that Arsenal's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, will meet Barcelona officials late Friday to discuss the future of Arsenal captain and Spain international Cesc Fabregas.

Those reports also suggest that Arsenal are yet to receive an improved offer from the £27 million Barcelona offered last month.

It is claimed that Arsenal are prepared to sell the 24-year-old midfielder if the La Liga champions meet their £40 million valuation.

Fabregas is scheduled to take part in Arsenal's final preseason friendly against Benfica on Saturday night, and if he is fit and a deal hasn't been reached, he will be expected to begin the season for Arsenal.

Arsenal will play Italian side Udinese in the playoffs to get into the main Champions League group draw. Having finished fourth in the Barclays Premier League last season, automatic qualification for the tournament was forfeited. The playoff is scheduled for the week of August 16-17 with Arsenal playing at home in the first leg.

This poses an interesting scenario for Barcelona. If Fabregas were to take part in the Champions qualifiers, which it would be assumed he would, it would disqualify him from playing for Barcelona in the Champions League if a deal for the Arsenal skipper were to be reached.

While both sides remain steadfast in their valuation of the player, Arsenal expect Fabregas to continue playing and training with the squad.

Should Fabregas leave, it is thought that Arsene Wenger would revive his interest in Valencia's Juan Mata.