Barca wait and see over Fabregas

Published Jan. 15, 2011 1:56 p.m. ET

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is still hoping to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, despite the club's failed attempt to bring in the Catalan midfielder last summer.

But Rosell has hinted that a new move for the 23 year-old is likely this summer.

"Will we sign Cesc this summer? I'll tell you in June," the Barca president told reporters at an event in Arenys de Mar.

Rosell also hopes right-back Dani Alves will agree to a new deal to remain at the Nou Camp amid reported interest from Manchester City.

"It would be absurd to end our relationship," he said.

"The two parties will focus on the matter in the best way possible and I am sure there will be no problems - where would he feel better than here?"

Barca, like many clubs in Spain, have spent big over the last few years and are now feeling the pinch of the global financial crisis.


Rosell believes sensible management is called for and says the club's academy - which has already seen the emergence of talents such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Leo Messi, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique and Cesc himself - represents the future for Barca.

"It's important to invest in homegrown players," he said.

"That's our policy and it's the future of football."

Three of the players brought through at La Masia - Messi, Xavi and Iniesta - competed for the Ballon D'or earlier this week, with the Argentinian a surprise winner in the end.

Rosell is proud that three Barca players made the final shortlist and says they all deserved the prize.

"All three of them deserved it - I would have been happy whoever won," he said. "It is a triumph for the club's model."