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Arsenal tell Barcelona they need £45M to land Cesc

Arsenal have told Barcelona they can sign Cesc Fabregas in 2011 for £45 million. Sport says sources close to the Gunners have stated the price has been set for Barca to bring the midfielder back home in the summer.

And it's also suggested that any move from Jose Mourinho to take Cesc to Real Madrid will be a non-starter as the player has a verbal pact to only return to Spain with Barca.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stood firm last summer when Barca last came calling for his captain.

Barca president Sandro Rosell's final offer in August was for €40 million - which fell short of Wenger's valuation by €12 million.

Rosell remains convinced that €40 million is a true price for Cesc, which suggests there is still some negotiating to be done on their side to convince Arsenal to sell at the end of this season.

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