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Barca close on Villa & Cesc

Image: Twin targets: Villa & Fabregas

Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste has revealed they are close to signing David Villa and remain hopeful of landing Cesc Fabregas.

Spanish champions hopeful on double deal

Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste has revealed they are close to signing David Villa and remain hopeful of landing Cesc Fabregas. Newly-crowned Primera Liga champions Barca are keen on signing Valencia ace Villa and Arsenal schemer Fabregas as they look to strengthen their squad for next season. A move for Villa has been mooted for some time with Valencia resigned to losing their star striker due to their financial problems. Fabregas has been continually linked with a return to Barcelona with the midfielder admitting his desire to rejoin his former club at some point in the future. Yuste admits the two deals are at different stages with Villa close to making the move to Camp Nou, but Arsenal are expected to fight hard to keep hold of Fabregas. "Negotiations are progressing well especially in the case of Villa," Yuste told Catalonian radio station Ona FM. "The situation with Cesc is different because even if you have the will of the player it is very important to talk to his club and, if you can, find an agreement. "But what makes it easier is that both players want to come to Barca." Fabregas revealed last week that he wants his future sorted before he goes to the World Cup with Barca hoping they can tempt Arsenal into a deal for the midfielder.

Swap deal

It has been suggested Yaya Toure could be used as a makeweight in a deal to take Fabregas to Camp Nou and the Ivorian's agent Dimitri Seluk admitted his client is not happy at his bit-part role under Pep Guardiola. "Toure wants to play every game," said Seluk. "It is likely that Toure will not remain at Barcelona. "He is happy there, it is a great club but he does not want to spend his time on the bench." He added, however: "There is a one in a thousand chance that Toure will be involved in the move for Cesc with Arsenal."

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