Arsenal appear adamant they will stave off Barcelona's persistent efforts to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer after releasing images of him in their 2010-11 away strip.
By Telegraph staff and agencies
Published: 11:17AM BST 15 Jun 2010
Warned: Arsenal have used Cesc Fabregas in the launch of their 2010-11 away kit Photo: ARSENAL.COM
Barcelona have not been shy in their pursuit of the 23-year-old midfielder, but the Catalan club have so far failed to convince the Arsenal board to sell, having already had a £30 million bid rejected.
However, Barcelona's incoming president Sandro Rosell has said he will work closely with the departing Joan Laporta in a bid to add Fabregas to the club's list of summer signings, which already includes David Villa.
Fabregas himself has said he will not discuss his future until after completing his international duties with Spain at the World Cup, but Rosell is keen to see what stage discussions have reached between the two clubs.
"When we get together, Laporta will explain at what stage the Cesc situation is at," Rosell said. "If negotiations are advanced and the coaching staff want the player, we will continue with the negotiations, without doubt." Laporta will stay in charge until the end of the month, and Rosell believes the pair can put their differences to one side in order to land Fabregas.
"Until July 1 we can't do anything, but if they need help then we will be the first to give it," Rosell added.
Although he does not officially take control until the beginning of next month, Rosell will speak to coach Pep Guardiola in the coming days to discuss how the club can strengthen the squad for next season.
"I have spoken to Pep and before he goes away on holiday we will speak again to try to help improve the team in these days before our mandate starts," he continued.
"If Pep thinks we can lend a hand in terms of making signings, we will. They have the last word. We don't have any 'top player' lined up, but we will make our contacts and knowledge available," Rosell said.
I HAVE DECIDED TO DEDICATE THIS TO PIQUE'S ATTEMPTS TO REUINTE WITH HIS BF4L
OMG DEAD MY TINYPIC CAPTCHA FOR THIS WAS "ENRIQUE STUDIES"
FABRIQUE'S STORY AND BARCA'S EVIL PLANS CONTINUE
BUT IT SEEMS CESC HAS FOUND SOMEONE ELSE
SO IN CONCLUSION, PLEASE LEAVE CESC ALONE BEFORE I GO CESCY ON YOUR ASS
WE ARE A HAPPY FAMILY
AND MY PIECE de RESISTANCE