Cesc talks 'on stand-by'
Joan Laporta has confirmed any negotiations for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas are on 'stand-by'.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 15/06/10 1:07pm
Outgoing Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed any negotiations for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas are on 'stand-by'.
Barca have seen a bid rejected by the Gunners, who have stressed the influential midfielder is not for sale.
However, Fabregas' former club have not given up hope of landing his signature this summer.
Any further talks, though, are on hold as Sandro Rosell is due to replace Laporta as the club's president at the end of the month.
"The negotiation is on stand-by at the moment, in a tense calm," said Laporta.
"The sooner everything is unblocked, the better, but it must be understood that we, as the buying club, want to pay the least (amount) possible, and Arsenal, as the selling club, want to charge the highest possible amount of money."
Laporta also hinted that the Spanish champions are likely to offer an improved bid having seen a reported fee in the region of £30million rebuffed by Arsenal.
"We will try to adjust to the logic of the market, as always," he said.
He concluded: "The player wants to come, (coach) Pep Guardiola and (sporting director) Txiki Begiristain have shown me their wish for the operation to go ahead and I presume Rosell will have that same will."