With Benitez trying to shut the door to Mascherano on them, it appears Barcelona's continuing to stoke the fires regarding Cesc Fabregas:

Txiki Begiristain admits Barcelona want to bring Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to the Nou Camp, but will not pay over the odds.

Barca have long been linked with their former youth player, and sporting director Begiristain identified him as one of the few players capable of improving a team that won a domestic and European treble last season.

"It depends on how much we want to spend," he said in Marca. "If we spend a lot of money, it is possible (to bid for Fabregas). We do not know how much it will be yet. We have not asked Arsenal.

"If the amount is too high, we will not try."

First of all, I wish I was named Txiki Begiristain. Second of all, shouldn't Wenger laugh in their faces? Isn't Fabregas the lynchpin to Arsenal's strategy on the pitch? Plus, the dude's like 23, the team captain, and getting better; there's no way you could watch him walk away. Then again, who does he pattern his game after? Who was his childhood hero? None other than Pep Guardiola.