Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that his club are eager to sign their superstar youth product, Cesc Fabregas, from Arsenal.
The Spanish midfielder has been linked with his former club for a long time, but these comments from Laporta confirm that a move is a distinct possibility.
Speaking to radio station Cadena Cope, the supremo said, "Cesc Fabregas has the Barcelona DNA in his body and we know that he wants to play for this club.
"At the moment he is the leader at Arsenal and a very important player for them. But Cesc is wanted by me, by the coach Pep Guardiola, and by the sport director Txiki Begiristain.
“We are concentrating all of our efforts on it, but at the same time we have a lot of respect for Arsenal. We have positive relations with Arsenal so it will not be an easy topic to talk to them about.”
The player himself has sent mixed messages about his future recently, re-affriming his commitment to the Gunners while confirming that he would love to play for Barcelona at some point.
Arsenal signed Fabregas in 2003, offering him a professional contract before Barca were able to due to Spanish laws. Since then, he has made 231 appearances for the club, and is currently their captain.
Arjun Miglani, Goal.com