FC Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated the club’s unwavering stance over speculations linking midfielder Cesc Fabregas with a move to Old Trafford.
During the media presentation of new manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, Bartomeu, who accompanied the players along with Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, insists Fabregas is not negotiable, in the light of the recent £30m bid tendered by Manchester United.
“It doesn’t matter what any offer from Manchester United is- we’re not selling him,” Bartomeu said. “We’re counting on him. He’s not for sale.”
Reports claim the Spain international had told his friends back in England that he would favour linking up with former teammate Robin van Persie at Old Trafford, and could hand in transfer request soon. Such development would have left both clubs in the path of negotiation.
While United boss David Moyes, at a press conference in Osaka yesterday disclosed that talks “are ongoing.”
But when quizzed on the prospect of selling Fabregas to United, should the Premier League champions up their bid, Bartomeu said:
“If there was a higher offer would we accept it? No. He’s a great player. It doesn’t bother us that Manchester United want him. We’re proud that a club like that wants one of our players.”
New manager Martino, on his part, echoed Barca’s resolve by saying: “I’m not going to involve myself in the club’s accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here.”