Barca will be back
Graham Hunter says Barcelona won't give up on Cesc Fabregas despite falling short of Arsenal's valuation.
Last Updated: 02/06/10 10:25pm
Arsenal and Barcelona could not be further apart in their valuations of Cesc Fabregas, that's according to Graham Hunter.
The Gunners have rejected a formal offer for their captain from the Catalan side, stating they 'have no interest in transferring' the midfielder.
But Hunter believes that behind closed doors the North London club have placed a price on the Spain international's head.
And while the two parties maybe some distance apart in reaching any sort of agreement the Spanish football expert says the La Liga champions will not give up easily.
"The clubs are €50 million apart in their valuation," he told Sky Sports News. "I don't remember any transfer for a world class footballer where the clubs have started so far apart in their valuations.
"Barcelona at the moment want to bid about €35 million that's their offer. It isn't anything close to what they're capable of offering, and they will go up and they will be willing to put Yaya Yaya Toure into the deal if Arsenal will accept that as well.
"But Arsenal have said to the representatives of their captain, behind the 'we have no intention of selling and we won't be forced into selling', that the reserve price is €87 million.
"This would bring Cesc Fabregas - a world class footballer, a leader at Arsenal, someone who has developed brilliantly at Highbury and the Emirates under Arsene Wenger's tutelage - within touching distance of the world record transfer fee, certainly a price which Barcelona cannot meet.
"It's about negotiations, it's about horse trading, it's about getting the price down as far as Barcelona are concerned, but they will not give up on their man."