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Cesc Fabregas will be a Barcelona player by the end of next month, insists Nou Camp vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Arsenal are refusing to reduce the £40million valuation they have placed on their captain despite Barca’s all-out offensive to bring him back to Catalonia – and Fabregas’ desire to return home.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger publicly insists the midfielder – who missed the club’s Asian tour and Saturday’s friendly in Cologne through a hamstring problem – is going nowhere, but Barcelona are convinced they will reel their man in.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola has even been told to expect Fabregas to be on their flight to the USA for a pre-season tour there – which starts with a game against Manchester United in New York on Saturday.

Bartomeu last night raised the stakes as he made it clear the Champions League winners can see only one possible end-game.

As he unveiled Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez as the European champions’ new signing, Bartomeu said: “It is a sure thing that we will make one more signing.

“Sanchez was always our number one target. Fabregas was always number two.

“We are discreet and prefer not to talk about signings, but we have time until August 30 to make sure some things happen and I can tell you they will.”

Bartomeu has made two trips to London in the past week to try to bring Arsenal to the table without receiving any joy, but he added: “The negotiations are going the way they are going.

“We will do what we have the time to do and the money to make it happen, although it is true that there is a budget constraint we have to work under.”

Wenger has become infuriated by Barcelona’s blatant tapping-up of Fabregas and his mood will not have been improved by Bartomeu’s statement or the claims of Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Former Nou Camp goalkeeper Zubizarreta said: “These are issues that we are doing quietly. What matters is that the negotiations take place with discretion. You will see how we handle this over the next month.”

Source: Mirror

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