After being told that Javier Mascherano is most definitely not for sale, Barcelona have now turned their focus and attention to bringing back Arsenal captain and playmaker Cesc Fabregas (22), report all Catalan media.
Barcelona representatives reportedly spoke to Fabregas' entourage, and were told that Cesc had given the green light for discussions with the club, but would do so only after Barcelona talked to Arsenal first.
Barcelona now have the tough job to convince Arsene Wenger to sell his most prized asset. The price that has been doing the rounds in the Catalan media is in the region of 40-50 million euros, which would make this, if completed, Barcelona's second record signing in the same season.
The signing of Cesc would be hailed as a mighty achievement by most Barcelona fans, and for good reason. He has the qualities to become the finest playmaker in Spain once Xavi retires. Also, he provides excellent rotation options in midfield, without causing any dip in quality.