Hill-Wood: No offers for Fabregas

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood admits he is “very surprised”

that the club have yet to receive an offer from Barcelona for Cesc

Fabregas.

Spain international Fabregas is understood to have told the

Gunners last week that he wants to rejoin former club Barcelona

after spending seven years in London.

Barca have confirmed an interest in signing the 23-year-old, but

have insisted they will be respectful towards Arsenal during any

negotiations.

Hill-Wood says he is yet to hear from the La Liga champions and

has reiterated his stance that he is not looking to encourage

offers for the Gunners captain.

“We have heard nothing at all and I am not looking for a

telephone call from them,” Hill-Wood told the Daily Star. “As far

as I am concerned, he is our player. If they want to make a bid it

is up to them.”

Regarding the lack of approach, Hill-Wood added: “We are very

surprised, but delighted.”

Reports have claimed that Arsenal have placed an £80million

price tag on Fabregas, who is currently recovering from a cracked

fibula in time to be fit for Spain’s World Cup campaign.

The Catalan giants’ director general Joan Oliver claims,

however, that a tentative enquiry has been made with their Premier

League counterparts as Barca weigh up their next move.

“There is no offer yet,” Oliver told the club’s official

website.

“It’s true the player has expressed his wish to play for Barca,

perhaps this coming season.

“We have had first contacts with Arsenal in which we made known

our intention to talk and that’s the current situation.

“We are not in any hurry and you never know how long these

operations can take.”