No progress on pursuit of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, admits Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola

The European champions are currently preparing for a friendly fixture in Croatia, and the Spaniard has given an update on the current, and potential, Camp Nou comings and goings
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted at a pre-match press conference that there have been no further developments in the club's move for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

In what has become one of the summer's longest-running transfer sagas, revealed on Friday that more talks were in the offing between the English outfit and the European champions, after initial discussions had fizzled out.

Asked on Saturday about the possible signing of the 24-year-old midfielder, Guardiola said: "There is nothing new with Cesc."

The Catalan side will begin their pre-season friendly campaign on Saturday night with a test in Eastern Europe against Croatian runners-up Hajduk Split, and the Barca coach, although disappointed to see his stellar quartet of Xavi, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Pedro absent, emphasised the need to perform well.

"We want to give the best image possible [against Hajduk]," he said. "As a coach, I would want them all included, but [unfortunately] I cannot."

Guardiola also praised youngster Bojan Krkic, who has departed for pastures new at Roma, and Oriol Romeu, who is set to complete a transfer to Chelsea.

"I want to thank Bojan for all he has done over the years and I wish him well," he added.

"[In regards to Romeu], the opportunity at Chelsea is a very good one [for him], but Barcelona will control negotiations."