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Cesc is Barca's back-up plan

Laporta will target Arsenal skipper if club cannot buy Ribery

By James Dall.   Last Updated: 10/07/09 10:53am

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Fabregas: Barca target

Fabregas: Barca target

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed the club will target Cesc Fabregas should they fail to land Franck Ribery.

Bayern Munich have remained adamant amid speculation that they will not be parting company with France international Ribery.

A number of sides have been linked with the playmaker, with Liverpool the latest to be mooted as suitors, but Bayern would be loath to lose their star.

Meanwhile, it has regularly been suggested Arsenal captain Fabregas could seek a move back to his homeland in Spain, with Real Madrid known suitors.

But the gifted midfielder has consistently denied the rumours, stressing his commitment to the Gunners.


Laporta confirmed European champions Barca are in the market to strengthen and outlined his main targets.

He said on Spanish television: "Ribery was a player we were interested in at a logical price but Bayern don't want to sell.

"If they are interested in selling, we are interested in buying but if not, then we will look to Fabregas.

"Compared to him there is no available alternative left in the market, so we will see what happens.

"But after last season we only need small adjustments - a left-back, a central defender, a midfielder and a forward."

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