Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted that it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will be able to prise Cesc Fabregas away from Arsenal this summer.
Barca had made the Gunners skipper their main target this summer, but the chances of the midfielder leaving north London have faded as the weeks have gone by.
The 23-year-old Spain international has said at the end of last term that he would welcome the opportunity to return to the club where he started his career but Arsenal have already rejected one bid for Fabregas from Barca.
"I think bringing in Cesc will cost a lot," Guardiola said at a press conference on Monday. "We want him to come, but if Arsenal don't want to negotiate, he won't come."
Meanwhile, Guardiola has spoken of his decision to sign a new one-year contract with last term's La Liga champions, adding:"I'm very happy to continue for one more year. I want to keep on doing my job well and make people proud of us.
"I feel more comfortable with one-year contracts. I am grateful to the confidence shown in me by the new board in offering me a six-year contract, but I prefer working with short contracts, it's something personal.
"I need to feel that things are working and that what I am doing is right, but if everything is going well and I feel strong, I will carry on next year.
"I don't see any change but, if after this first year the feedback with the players, the feedback is not good or the results aren't good, I won't stay on."