Barcelona president Joan Laporta: We will not break the bank to sign Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas

Barca won't be held to ransom...
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made it clear the Catalan club will not pay over the odds to secure the services of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

The midfield dynamo has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland for some time, but speculation has never been as feverish as it has been following the end of the 2009-10 season.

The 23-year-old has maintained he would like to have his future sorted prior to taking part in the 2010 World Cup, but is believed to have told manager Arsene Wenger he desires a move away from north London.

With their captain contracted until 2015, the Gunners are reported to be reluctant to let go of their star player, but it's been speculated an astronomical sum could pave the way for Fabregas to transfer to Camp Nou.

However, Laporta insists the La Liga giants will not pay a penny more than the player's market value.

"We will not sign any players for above market value," he told a press conference.

"We are interested in signing Cesc [Fabregas] and Arsenal know that but we will not pay an exorbitant price for any player.

"When it comes to market prices, we'll strengthen where we can but will not pay an unrealistic price."

Laporta also reiterated the desire of the Catalan club to capture Cesc, and the Arsenal man's wish to move back to Barcelona by saying, "We are going to make a big an effort because Cesc deserves that, he wants to play in Barcelona and he said that."

Become a fan of Goal.com UK's Facebook fan page for all the latest news and insight into everything related to the beautiful game!