transfer talk

Barcelona won't break the bank for Fabregas

August 10, 2009

Barcelona could yet launch a bid to bring Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas back to the Nou Camp.

Cesc Fabregas
GettyImages / ShaunBotterillCesc Fabregas: Gunners hope to hold on

The club's sporting director Txiki Begiristain admitted the midfielder is still on their radar but he says the Catalan giants won't break the bank in order to sign him.

Fabregas came up through Barca's academy before joining Arsenal for a paltry £500,000 in 2003 and Begiristain says the 22-year-old is one of the few players in world football who could improve Pep Guardiola's treble-winning side.

"It depends on how much we want to spend,'' he said in Marca. "If we spend a lot of money, it is possible (to bid for Fabregas). We do not know how much it will be yet. We have not asked Arsenal.

"If the amount is too high, we will not try.''

Barca fans have watched their greatest rivals Real Madrid go on a massive summer spending spree, signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso this summer at an estimated cost of around £220m.

Guardiola recently said the inflated market is a bad place in which to do business this summer and Begiristain confirmed Barca wouldn't just spend money for the sake of it.

"We find it difficult to improve what we have and that is the reality,'' he said. "Improving a team that has won a treble is difficult, and trying to improve dramatically can get you into trouble.

"Any new player must be compatible with the plans of the coach. Here the views of Pep Guardiola are critical.''

One possible target for Barca is Shakhtar Donetsk's Dmytro Chygrynskiy, and Begiristain did not deny he was on the club's radar.

"I don't want to dismiss any of the players we like and will help us improve,'' he said. "There are several options.''