Barca issues a statement:
"Given the exceptional repercussions created by the stories that have appeared in different media with respect to an agreement with Arsenal FC player Cesc Fabregas, Barca flatly deny that there have been any negotiations or agreements with the player. "
The bigger question is why is this even being debated. At this point Fabregas as good as he is has little chance of displacing Xavi or Iniesta. As a product of Barca's vaunted youth system, I understand the emotional draw but leaving him on the bench does not make too much sense either.