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Barca Won’t Break Bank Over Cesc
August 10, 2009, 6:18 AM
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Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has admitted the club want to take Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to the Nou Camp, but will not pay over the odds.

Barca have long been linked with their former youth player, and Begiristain identified him as one of the few players capable of improving a team that won a domestic and European treble last season.

“It depends on how much we want to spend,” he said in Marca. “If we spend a lot of money, it is possible (to bid for Fabregas). We do not know how much it will be yet. We have not asked Arsenal.

“If the amount is too high, we will not try.”

The gifted Spaniard is currently enlisted in Arsene Wenger's regime.

The gifted Spaniard is currently enlisted in Arsene Wenger's regime.

Barcelona are feeling some pressure to spend from their fans following the spending spree of rivals Real Madrid, who have invested more than £220million on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso this summer.

However, Begiristain does not intend to spend for spending’s sake.

“We find it difficult to improve what we have and that is the reality,” he said.

“Improving a team that has won a treble is difficult, and trying to improve dramatically can get you into trouble.

“Any new player must be compatible with the plans of the coach. Here the views of Pep Guardiola are critical.”

One possible target for Barca is Shakhtar Donetsk’s Dmytro Chygrynskiy, and Begiristain did not deny he was on the club’s radar.

“I don’t want to dismiss any of the players we like and will help us improve,” he said. “There are several options.”

Analysis:  Arsenal will fight tooth and nail to keep the Spaniard, but greener pastures abroad may eventually be their undoing.  Few players in the world will find it hard to turn their head away with Barcelona beckoning.  If Arsenal do lose their talismanic playmaker, Wenger will be hard pressed to find a replacement quickly enough to save his job.  Is Patrick Vieira an option? Possibly, but age is always going to be a factor, and as long as it is, he’ll be a liability for a long term career anywhere.  Either way, it’d be a bitter pill to lose Fabregas.

Result:  Fabregas will stay in London this season, but if something goes awry or they turn up empty handed, expect the talented Spaniard move elsewhere – either domestic or abroad.