"It's a price that we consider to be his market value. Arsenal have rejected it. Now the sporting director [Txiki Begiristain] must decide what should be the next step. We are in negotiations and we'll see how they turn out. At times, these operations are resolved at one speed, and others at another. We have to do everything we can to convince them [Arsenal] that the best thing for all is to reach an agreement...The club have full confidence that Arsenal will end up understanding the situation"
Firstly saying 29 million pounds is 'market value' is beyond a joke, Xabi Alonso went for the same amount and he is getting on a bit to say the least, Man City are willing to pay about the same for James Milner, enough said frankly. Secondly Barca are not in negotiations, Arsenal will not negotiate on this, come up with the money or f*ck off, no amount of Barca's hot air will change any of this and convince Arsenal to accept a piss poor price for Cesc. The only thing I'd disagree with Arseblogger about is that one needs a few extra words in between the stupid and the c*nt to describe Joan Laporta, 'motherf*cking', 'cretinous', 'heinous' and 'degenerate' all spring to mind.
Joan Laporta needs to understand the situation, Arsenal have no obligation to sell, the player has recently signed a rather extensive long term contract at the club, if Barca don't have the money then no amount of his cretinous arse breath will change that. Laporta is not only a c*nt but he is also a liar, he has claimed that Cesc has openly stated his desire to leave in the press, this is quite definitively not the case. At least Marca is reporting Arsenal's firmly worded club statement to Barca. My personal opinion is that Arsenal should report Barca for their illegal conduct throughout this affair, enough is enough.
Anyway elsewhere I'm of the opinion that Theo Walcott's exclusion from the World Cup squad will be a good thing for him in the long term. He hasn't been good enough to merit a place and there has been a touch of complacency creeping into his game, this blow could be just what he needs to get some real hunger back. There are lots and lots of transfer rumours around, 99.9% of them will be rubbish, so I'll just wait to see what happens rather than wasting my summer speculating.