All Barca want for Christmas is Cesc

Barcelona will reportedly renew their interest in Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas over Christmas ahead of the winter transfer window opening on January 1.

The 22-year-old midfielder has made 163 league appearances for the Gunners since arriving from the Camp Nou club's youth ranks in 2003.

Fabregas has long been linked with a big-money move back to his former club, with the European champions believed to have been weighing up an offer for his services this summer.

Emirates Stadium supremo Arsene Wenger recently criticised the policies of Spanish sides, claiming their political approach can have a negative effect on the country's rising stars, leading Barca president Joan Laporta to apologise for any offense caused regarding the Spanish international.

However, according to Sport. the Catalans will irk the Frenchman again as early as December, by attempting to snare the much-coveted midfielder in time for the second half of the 2009/10 campaign.

When Laporta was appointed to the Camp Nou club's hierarchy six years ago, he is believed to have been angered after Arsenal signed 16-year-old Fabregas for free, and is thought to have vowed to re-sign the Spaniard during his tenure.

Laporta is due to step down next summer.