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Arsene Wenger has rejected Barcelona’s attempt to set up a meeting with Arsenal officials at the World Cup about a possible deal for captain Cesc Fabregas.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell traveled to South Africa with the intention of sitting down with Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis prior to the World Cup final on Sunday.

However, Wenger and Gazidis refused to meet with the Catalan giants and have once again declared that Fabregas is not for sale at any cost, according to The Mirror.

With Arsenal already turning down a £30 million bid, the refusal to meet is the latest hitch in Barcelona’s attempts to bring Fabregas back to his boyhood club.

While Barcelona are reportedly set to increase their offer for Fabregas to £40 million, reports suggest that Wenger and Gazidis still refuse to sell the 23-year-old.

The Gunners captain has five years left on his current contract and Arsenal believe that since the Spain international extended his deal they are under no pressure to sell.

Fabregas came off the bench to set up Andres Iniesta's goal in Spain's 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday's final.

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