Fabregas perfect for Barca – Puyol

Fabregas has long been linked with a return to Barca, the club

where he learnt his trade as a youngster before moving to Arsenal

seven years ago as a 16-year-old. During his time in England

Fabregas has developed into one of Europe’s best midfielders and

Barca, having last week spent 40 million euros on snapping up

prolific Valencia striker David Villa, now look to have their

sights set on bringing the 23-year-old back to the club. Puyol,

speaking at a press conference with Spain on Tuesday, believes

Fabregas would be a great addition to the Spanish champions’ squad.

“Cesc is an excellent player and a great friend. For me, he would

be perfect for Barcelona. I would love to see him with the

azulgrana, but we need to respect that he has a contract with his

club,” said Puyol. Fabregas, who has a contract with Arsenal until

2014, revealed recently at a promotional event in Spain that he

would like to return to Barca, and his father Francesc Fabregas

confirmed today that the playmaker wants the transfer completed “as

soon as possible”. Puyol said of his Spain squad-mate: “It’s very

unusual to see Cesc nervous, but all this is a little problematic

for him, because it’s a matter that is being talked about daily and

he has fans, a coach and team-mates that he needs to respect.”

However, it seems that there may be no quick resolution to what

could be a long-running transfer saga. Barca corporate director

general Joan Oliver confirmed on Monday evening they have been in

contact with Arsenal regarding Fabregas but insists they have not

yet made an offer. Oliver also said there was no deadline by which

time Barca hoped to seal the signing of the Arsenal talisman.

“Still there is no offer. It’s true that the player has shown his

desire to play at Barca, possibly this season. We have made a first

contact with Arsenal, letting them know our intention to talk and

this is the current state of the situation,” Oliver said on his

club’s website. “There is no time-frame. The period is from today

and until the deadline for registering players at the end of

August. “We are in no rush and you never know how long these

operations can last.” Francesc Fabregas, who is also Cesc’s agent,

also believes that talks between the clubs could be protracted.

However, he feels in the end that Arsenal could give the green

light for their captain to leave. “The negotiations between Arsenal

and Barcelona are going to be very long,” Francesc Fabregas was

quoted as saying on Radio Marca. “Both parties are going to have to

sit down several times because the matter is complicated. “Cesc is

now focused on the Spanish national team, but he wants the signing

to be closed as soon as possible. “I don’t know how this is going

to end up, but I think that we need to respect the decision and the

will of the player. “Cesc has always responded to Arsene Wenger

with his work and we are also grateful to Arsenal because they have

made our son a man. We only want this to end soon. “At the moment

he has a contract with Arsenal. I get the feeling the English club

don’t want to sell him but in the end will allow Cesc to leave.”