Barcelona’s sporting director Txiki Beguiristain has admitted that the European champions might bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas, who left Barcelona for Arsenal six years ago, has regularly been linked with a return to Camp Nou, although he has always insisted he is happy at the Emirates.
Milan have also recently been linked with a £30million bid, prompting Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood to insist the midfielder is not for sale.
However, Beguiristain has revealed Barca are prepared to test Arsenal’s resolve to keep Fabregas.
“It depends on how much we want to spend,” said Beguiristain 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.”
Beguiristain, however, does not intend to spend for the sake of it following the huge amounts lavished by rivals Real Madrid over the summer.
“We find it difficult to improve what we have and that is the reality,” he said.
“Improving a team that has won a treble is difficult, and trying to improve dramatically can get you into trouble.
“Any new player must be compatible with the plans of the coach. Here the views of Pep Guardiola are critical.”
One possible target for Barca is Shakhtar Donetsk’s Dmytro Chygrynskiy, and Beguiristain did not deny he was a possible arrival.
“I don’t want to dismiss any of the players we like and will help us improve,” he said. “There are several options.”