Barca hopeful over Cesc
Barcelona have confirmed that they are still talking with Arsenal over a deal for Cesc Fabregas.
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey
Last Updated: 20/07/11 8:01am
Barcelona have confirmed that they are still hopeful of concluding deals to sign Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.
Both deals have been on-going for weeks, as Barca try to hammer out terms with Udinese and Arsenal respectively.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday coach Pep Guardiola and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta reiterated their positions over both deals.
Although they did admit that signing a forward was a priority, suggesting they would like to do a deal for Sanchez first, they also confirmed that Arsenal are talking terms over Fabregas.
"This year Arsenal has agreed to negotiate and we are working on it," Guardiola said.
"Barcelona has made an offer, Arsenal another and we have time until August 31 and we'll try to reach an agreement.
"It is easier for Cesc in this way because he fits the template, but I know these things cannot always be done."
He added that the club have enough money to sign both Fabregas and Sanchez.
"The club has saved money to try to sign him," he said.
"We will try until the end try to bring him. I hope that eventually everything can be arranged. But sometimes things cannot be done.
"We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad."
Guardiola also rubbished suggestions that Fabregas may be pretending to be injured in order not to play for Arsenal during pre-season.
"Cesc has to do what Arsenal ask of him, I do not like this insinuation that he has told them he will not play. When he is well then Wenger will play him.
"He has spoken with his coach and his club and if there is the possibility of leaving he would like to come to Barca. If we do not buy him this year then that is business."
Zubizarreta insisted that the club were treating Arsenal with 'respect' when it came to the issue of Cesc.
"The position towards Arsenal is with the utmost respect. Also to the player," he insisted.
"We always try to approach from positions of utmost respect. We have a style to do things."
On Sanchez, both Guardiola and Zubizarreta outlined their desire to finalise the deal.
"Alexis has a lot of potential and I'm told he's a very good boy and that is close to the profile you want," he said.
Zubizarreta added that negotiations are "in a final process" and said: "We expect a happy ending and that Alexis is here with us soon."