Barcelona still want Fabregas deal

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The Independent Online

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not given up hope of signing Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this summer.

Fabregas informed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger earlier this month of his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium, and the Spanish champions are hopeful of tying up a deal despite admitting they face difficult negotiations with Arsenal.

"We are being prudent in the sense that we are not going to do things that are not logical," Laporta told the Spanish press.

"We have a player who has expressed his intention of coming to Barcelona.

"He (Fabregas) has said it and I want to thank him publicly for that decision."

With Fabregas' contract at the club expiring in 2015, Arsenal hold all the cards.

"We are working on it," said Laporta. "We will try to achieve his signature and if we don't get there with time, at least we will have opened a path.

"The possibility is always there but the other part (Arsenal) has to defend their interests and perhaps has a different strategy.

"We are trying to find a halfway point for both sides to agree."

Fabregas is preparing to represent Spain in the World Cup.

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