Cesc Fabregas’ value has diminished over the last year, Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell has claimed.
The Arsenal attacking midfielder has long been courted by his home town club and was close to joining the 2011 European Champions last summer.
However, Barca’s €40million (£35 million) offer was turned down by the Gunners, who have an understandable reluctance to sell their talisman given he is tied to the club by a long-term contract.
According to Rosell, Arsenal could come to regret their decision to reject Barca’s bid as they are unlikely to offer any more money should they renew their interest in the player this summer.
Indeed, the Catalan suggested that Fabregas’ injury problems mean he is now worth less than he was 12 months ago.
“If last summer we offered €40 million for Cesc, and since there has been wear and tear, now he’s worth less,” Rosell commented.
Despite insisting that it was unclear as to whether Fabregas was actually one of Barcelona’s transfer targets, Rosell also moved to warn rivals Real Madrid off a potential move for the Arsenal captain.
“Cesc is Barca through and through and if I were the president of another club I would not sign a player who holds the colours of another club so dear,” he said, Sky Sports News reports.
“It would not be wise to sign a player who is associated so strongly with a rival.”
Should Fabregas move to the Catalan giants then Arsenal’s title chances are likely to take a hit.
The Gunners are 6/1 fourth-favourites to win the Premier League next season as well as 1/2 fourth-favourites to finish in the Champions League qualification spots.
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