Barcelona midfielder Xavi has told Arsenal they will only have Cesc Fabregas “on loan” for a year if the Spanish champions are unable to sign the Gunners captain this season.
Barca had a 25-million-pound (38 million dollar) bid for Fabregas rejected earlier in the close-season.
However, the Arsenal midfielder has made it clear he would love to return to his former club, there is no sign of a deal being completed in the immediate future.
The 23-year-old Fabregas still has five years to go on his current Arsenal contract.
“We know where Cesc wants to be this coming season, but perhaps there is not enough time for Barcelona and Arsenal to agree a deal,” Xavi told the Daily Express.