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Barca Tap Up Cesc Then Claim Respect For Arsenal

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta claims he and his manager have made our club captain, Cesc Fabregas their number 1 summer transfer target, and laughably goes on to claim they have respect for the Gunners.

In true Barca tapping-up style (which will surprise no-one) Laporta claims that Cesc has Barcelona in his blood, and will continue to court the world class midfielder, despite Gunners play maker stating quite clearly, on over 300 occasions in the past two weeks, that he is going nowhere.

"Cesc Fabregas has the Barcelona DNA in his body and we know that he wants to play for this club,' Laporta claimed.

'At the moment he is the leader at Arsenal and a very important player for them. But Cesc is wanted by me, by the coach Pep Guardiola and by the sport director Txiki Begiristain.'

'We are concentrating all of our efforts on it, but at the same time we have a lot of respect for Arsenal.'

'We have positive relations with Arsenal so it will not be an easy topic to talk to them about.'

Barcelona have a yearly tradition of trying to unsettle Arsenal players, yet no-one seems willing to do anything about it.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 3 2009

Time: 9:19AM

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I dont understand what a team can do now adays to say No, we are not intrested, Fu** off. I really like Barcelona but this kind of stuff where they wont take no for an answer reall pi**** me off. Surely their must be some rules and regulations in place to stop management, directors, presidents publicly coming out and creaming over another teams player. He is under contract so if they are interested they should write a written offer to Arsenals Hierachy. If the bid is turned down then then they can higher the offer or pi** off.
paul_ownz
The simple answer from Arsenal is, "that's cool, give us Xavi and Iniesta and we've got a deal."
Little Dutch
I think there are rules in place to prevent, or at least restrict, this kind of thing if the authorities really wanted to do so. On the other hand is there a great deal of difference in Wenger apparently saying he would be interested in Chamakh if Adebayor left?
Amos.
"I am concentrating all my efforts on Angelina Jolie, but at the same time I have a lot of respect for Brad Pitt. I quite liked Fight Club, so it will be an easy topic to talk with Brad about."
Little Dutch
Surely this is "tapping-up" shouldn't the Governing Body of Football, bring charges against Barcelona President Laporta?! But as usual I bet nothing happens!
hackneyval
I think their is a difference. Maybe i am biased, but one thing is when Asked if the Morocco international is of interest, he says: "Yes, but only in the event of a departure." Another is to say "Cesc is wanted by me, by the coach Pep Guardiola and by the sport director Txiki Begiristain. "We are concentrating all of our efforts on it, but at the same time we have a lot of respect for Arsenal". On another occasion "It is a super player. He was born in Catalonia and carries Barça in his heart. He would be integrated well in our rows because our style of play is appropriate to him. In fact the technical staff will decide if one tries to make him return, but I think that he would be a wonderful player of our Barça”, declared Joan Laporta during a maintenance on Punto Radio. Another time "i would like to see Fabregas in Barca shirt but it`s a decision of the technical staff. We know Cesc is a great player and that he knows perfectly the style of FC Barcelona," he emphasized at the presentation of "History of Masia" book. Then to claim he has respect for us.
paul_ownz
On top of that, the latest quotes come afte Cesc has reiterated his desire to continue playing and winning trophies with Arsenal. Where is the respect for the player Joan sleazeball of the highest order.
paul_ownz
I think we will lose Fabregas in the next couple of seasons unless they are extraordinarily successful times for us, even then I think it will be very difficult to hang on to him. The big European clubs don’t need to waste time and money by making direct approaches for our players as they can just use the media to unsettle them knowing that there won’t be any punitive action afterwards. Barcelona are effectively saying to Cesc through the media that, “as soon as you want to join us just say the word” and you know he must be listening with interest and taking note. The Arsenal board must also be salivating at the potential price tag. We need to look at the reasons why the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona consider us a “feeder” club and try to understand the problem. The perception that we are a club with considerable financial burden is an obvious one. A decent bid for one of our players cannot be ignored. Our European pedigree might be another because we cannot compete with either of those clubs (and most other “big” clubs) in terms of European silverware. Players, understandably, want to include these sorts of clubs in their playing career. There are probably countless other more subtle reasons why our top players can have their heads turned, none of which make comfortable reading for us. I think, in the short term at least, we just have to accept that there are more attractive clubs than Arsenal.
Sir Henry
That's quite true Sir Henry, but I think it's the same for a lot of English clubs. United seem to have become Real's feeder club in recent years. Whether it's climate, cash or history, Barca and Madrid seem to have a lure to continental players. There again, this is make or break for Lal Liga, what they're doing now is eerily similar to what Serie A was doing in the early 90s. Remember Lentini for Milan at £13m? Crespo to Lazio? Look at that league now, bust and dead on its arse. Madrid are indulging an incredibly risky strategy and one I don't think will pay off ultimately.
Little Dutch
I think it must be a mixture of those three things LD, it all adds up to a mouth watering prospect for these players. Despite Manchester United be one of the most sucessful clubs this country has ever seen (Only a couple of CL's shy of over taking Liverpool) living in Manchester & Liverpool is just not cool. Chelsea can offer the wages but the stadium is not something that would get the juices flowing. Living in London to play for Arsenal might be just cool enough and our facilities are top draw, but we have little to no European pedigree. Unfortunately for us, Real and Barcelona have all of the cool things.
Rocky7
To be fair i would choose Barcelona or Real Madrid over any other club in the world if i didnt have a love for Arsenal.
paul_ownz
Give us Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Alves and Puyol or ***** off now!
GoonerLou
Just as I was begining to start admire them...
ArsenalRob
It happens all the time when a big club comes in wanting a very small clubs top player. Get used to it, West Ham and Fulham will be doing it to you over the next couple of seasons when you again return to being a mid table club.
KatieDawson
KatieDawson...are you on the wrong forum ?...this is Arsenal. We are not "a very small club" so you must be on the wrong forum. Try Spurs.
radarman
 

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