Madrid: Barcelona will refuse to pay 40 million euros (35 million pounds) for Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas although he "really wants" to transfer, according to Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.
"I don't know if we will sign Cesc or not. What I have no doubt of is that he really wants to come to Barca," Rosell told Catalan television TV3 in an interview late on Monday.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola knows that every player has a value "and that Cesc is worth less than 40 million. We will offer less than 40 million and if Arsenal don't accept it, Cesc won't come", Rosell said.
"This year we won't offer the same as last year because a year has gone by and Cesc today is not worth 40 million."
Gunners coach Arsene Wenger had insisted last month that he was determined to spend a second successive summer fighting off mighty Barcelona to keep Fabregas at the Emirates.
But Spanish media say he has since decided not to fight the move.
The Gunners turned down a bid from the Spanish champions last year for a player who spent his junior days at Barcelona before joining Arsenal at the age of 16 in 2003.
"I am a Barca supporter. I am a member like my grandfather, my uncle, my cousin..," Fabregas said last year.
"I love their colours since I was very small. I am Catalan. However, I am captain of Arsenal, I am a Gunner and it is there that I have become a player and that I have matured as a person."