Laporta confirmed that talks for Fabregas has actually begun, but Arsenal cannot break their resolve especially if the North London outfit refuses to lower their "exorbitant asking price."
It can be argued that Fabregas's price tag is astronomical, but who cares, as long as debt-laden Barcelona abandons the pursuit disgracefully. What is our homeboy's current price if I may ask? I hear £30m, £40m, £50m and even £60/80m, don't you think we are in a good position to "ask for more"?.
The transfer saga is set to take a new dimension with the president suggesting that Arsenal are over-rating Fabregas in order to fleece them of extra and unwarranted millions: "We will not sign any player for more than their market value," Laporta declared in a statement on the club's official website.
"We are interested in signing Cesc and Arsenal know that, but we will not pay exorbitant prices for any player. If his asking price comes down to a true amount then we will do all we can to sign him, but it has to be a realistic price."
While talks have taken place with Arsenal the Barca president believes "It is very important that Cesc declares openly his desire to come to Barca."
Talks have also been held between manager Arsene Wenger and the midfielder and Laporta thinks that "It is always good that a trainer reaches an agreement with a player."