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As Barcelona distance themselves from a Fab bid, out come Real Madrid

Just as one La Liga giant suggests it will not be bidding for Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas, another declares an interest.

As ArsenalPies Ed reports in his post below, Barcelona’s technical director, Txiki Begiristain says the Catalan club would not be prepared to pay a large transfer fee for a player who was on their books until he moved to Arsenal at the age of 15.

But if that news was music to the ears of Gunners’ fans all over, the latest Fabregas rumours emanating from Spain indicate Real Madrid are themselves poised for a stunning summer swoop.

Or so the platforms carrying the ‘news’ would have you believe. For the only quotes in this piece on for instance, have Madrid supreme Ramon Calderon simply saying “Cesc is one of the best”.

Well done Ramon. How wonderfully observant you really are senor Calderon.

Yes, he is one of the best. He’s also OURS – and on a very long-term contract. So you can try any charm offensive you like. Arsene Wenger wants him to stay, Cesc himself calls Arsenal ‘his club’, he’s already said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to a move to the Bernabeu so why would he have changed his mind already?

AC Milan yesterday warned Real [and Chelsea] off their own star schemer Kaka and so it comes as no surprise Spanish daily AS today carries the story of Real’s pursuit of Cesc.

As Arseblogger points out so often, the Spanish press act as official mouthpieces for Real and Barca and are used by the duo to unsettle and inform transfer targets of their interest.

What a way for the two so-called super powers of Spanish football to conduct their dealings hey?

I am sure Cesc will one day return to Spain to play for a big club but I’m also sure it won’t be anytime soon. The only way it will happen in the near future is if Fabregas says he wants out. And up until now, he’s done just the opposite.

But what do YOU make of the latest round of rumours? Is there any truth to the tales or is it simply mischief-making on the part of the Spanish press? Leave your thoughts below…

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Posted by Mo Khan on October 16, 2007 1:24 PM in News
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