Barcelona are ready to turn up the heat on Arsenal over their skipper Cesc Fabregas. The Times says Barcelona are said to have turned their attention to Cesc after failing to sign Javier Mascherano, the Liverpool midfield player.

The Catalan club believe that an offer in the region of £25 million could tempt Arsenal to sell the Spain midfield player, who has expressed his unhappiness at the club's failure to win a trophy in the past four seasons.

Fàbregas, who has five years left on his contract, has committed his future to Arsenal this summer, but many feel that a transfer is likely next summer.