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Barcelona make second £31M bid for Arsenal captain Cesc

Barcelona are set to up their bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

The Telegraph says Fàbregas is expected in Catalonia on holiday this week ahead of his scheduled return to training at Arsenal on July 5 and pre-season tour to Asia the following weekend. But, before then, Barcelona are likely to test Arsenal with a further bid of around £31 million for their captain.

They have already had one offer of £27 million turned down and, while Arsenal were adamant last summer that they would not consider a valuation below £45 million, there is a hope at Barcelona that a compromise can be reached at around £35 million.

Everything is likely to depend on the attitude of manager Arsène Wenger and whether he gave Fàbregas any private reassurances last summer when he turned down two Barcelona bids.

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