Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi has stated there are no plans to try and sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard’s future was the subject of speculation last summer as Barcelona tried to bring him back to Camp Nou, where he first played as a youngster.
Fabregas has previously spoken of his desire to play for his boyhood club but Arsenal never wavered in their determination to retain their prize asset.
Sanllehi has described a deal for the midfielder as ‘dead’ for the present time and the Barca man admitted he is more concerned about the impact Fabregas might have when the two sides meet in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The first leg takes place at Emirates Stadium next week before Arsene Wenger’s men travel to Spain for the return match on 8th March.
Sanllehi said: “Cesc is a great Catalan player. He played for us as a kid and he will be welcome back at Barcelona for the Champions League match.
“Right now, everything is dead regarding a transfer.”
Speaking about the European showdown, Sanllehi added: “Arsenal are one of the main challengers for the Champions League.
“We acknowledge how difficult it is going to be.”