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Barcelona GM Oliver dismisses Real Madrid threat for Arsenal's Cesc

Barcelona have dismissed talk of Real Madrid trumping them for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. Barca GM Joan Oliver was dismissive of Real Madrid's supposed interest in the player, believing that Arsenal are using Barca's biggest rivals to bump up the price for their captain.

"They can negotiate with whoever they like," he said.

"But what a coincidence... when Barca are negotiating for a player, another club appears out of the blue - it's always the same.

"We complete signings when the price is reasonable. And the story of Cesc is what it is. The player has said both publicly and privately that he wants to play for Barca."

In any case, Oliver says he in unconcerned because there has been a lack of signings across Europe so far this summer.

"There has only been one important operation up until now and that was David Villa's signing for Barca. That's why we won't rush and we won't sign anybody paying an exorbitant sum," he said.

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