Xavi hopeful Barca can tie up Fab deal soon

XAVI believes Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas will join him at Barcelona at some point – and hopes a deal can be agreed sooner rather than later for the Arsenal captain to return home to Catalonia.

Xavi and Fabregas are two valuable members of Spain’s squad for the World Cup, but the pair have never played together at club level despite both coming through the youth system at the Nou Camp.

“He (Fabregas) wants to come here and is talking to the club about that,” Xavi said.

“He should play for Barca and it has to be now. If it’s not now, it will be a little later, but I hope Cesc can come to Barcelona as soon as possible. He is hopeful and he wants to come to Barca, but he is calm and focused on the World Cup, hoping there will be a solution.”

Barcelona presidential candidate Marc Ingla has revealed he dreams of unveiling Fabregas as his first new signing if he wins Sunday’s election.

The club’s former marketing vice-president is a big admirer of the 23-year-old Spain midfielder, but insists Barca will not pay over the odds.

“Cesc is a marvel, as is (David) Villa,” he told Catalan newspaper Sport.

“My only worry is paying over the odds but I confess that my dream, as president, would be to unveil Cesc.”

With the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets already at the club, Barca already possess a wealth of talent in midfield, but Ingla reckons Fabregas has what it takes to become a regular starter: “If he comes, I am convinced Cesc will soon become number one choice in his position.”

The 44-year-old has also said the Catalans will not be held to ransom by Arsenal. “Anything between €25 and €35 million would seem suitable,” he said.

On the future of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Yaya Toure, Ingla said he would trust the judgment of Barca’s coaching staff. “Whatever the coaches decide will be fine by me,” he said.

l Rafael Benitez was confirmed as the new coach of Inter Milan yesterday. The club announced the Spaniard signed a two-year deal at the San Siro.

Inter, the Italian and European champions, moved swiftly to snap up Benitez, who left Liverpool last week as they sought a replacement for Jose Mourinho who left for Real Madrid. Benitez will be unveiled next Tuesday.

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