Barca no go on Fabregas
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of signing Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer.
Barca have long been linked with their former youth player and there were reports they were set to make a mega offer after sporting director Txiki Begiristain admitted the club are interested in the 22-year-old.
Fabregas' value is sure to have increased still further after he scored a brace in Arsenal's 6-1 demolition of Everton and Guardiola believes he will not be returning to the Nou Camp just yet.
"Cesc will not come," said the Barca boss. "He is an important player for Arsenal and they have already sold Kolo (Toure) and (Emmanuel) Adebayor.
"I believe it will not be possible this season. He is a very interesting footballer but now he will play another year in England."
Barca are feeling some pressure to spend from their fans following the spending spree of rivals Real Madrid, who have invested more than 250million euros on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso this summer.
But Guardiola has been impressed by his players and feels they can have another stunning campaign to follow last year's treble-winning season.
He added: "I have been surprised by the behaviour they've come back with and the intensity with which they've been training.
"I didn't need to talk to them too much and I feel we will compete very well this year because of the character they have."