The Mirror says Gunners skipper Fabregas is due in Spain tomorrow as he jets out to Madrid for the launch of a new fragrance by fashion designer Angel Schlesser.
And Nou Camp sources are sniffing out the next steps towards the long-rumoured deal for Fabregas to go back to the club he left as a 16-year-old in 2003.
Fabregas is due to fly on to Barcelona, but that is for a holiday rather than talks over a transfer.
Yet with Arsene Wenger seemingly sending out mixed messages over Fabregas’ future, and Barca determined to bring the deal to fruition, the European champions will make a big push over the next few days.
Nou Camp chiefs only value Fabregas at £35million, despite knowing that Arsenal will be reluctant to sanction any transfer for less than £50m.
Barca are, though, ready to offer the Gunners a choice of players from their youth ranks in a bid to sweeten the deal.
Manager Pep Guardiola is understood to be ready to put Spain Under-21 midfield orchestrator Thiago Alcantara, Andreu Fontas, defender Martin Montoya or Mexican Jonathan Dos Santos - younger brother of Spurs flop Giovani - in the mix.