Cesc Fabregas is close to completing a £30m move to Stamford Bridge following Barcelona’s decision to sell the Spanish international. The Blues are the favourites for Fabregas’ signature after former club Arsenal rejected the chance to re-sign him.
There was an option in Fabregas’ contract that Arsenal would have the first option to buy the player if Barcelona were willing to sell, but Arsene Wenger has refused to take up the offer. Instead it appears as if Chelsea are holding off Manchester City and United in the race to sign Fabregas.
Jose Mourinho has openly admitted that he is interested in Fabregas and would look to bring him to Stamford Bridge now that Frank Lampard has confirmed his departure. Fabregas’ ability to score and assist goals would help eliminate the absence of Lampard, and further help struggling forwards Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
A fee of around £30m would be paid to Barcelona, who are attempting to buy Atletico Madrid’s Koke for around £50m. Once the Fabregas deal is completed, Barcelona are likely to make their move to form Luis Enrique’s new look squad.
As for Chelsea, they await the confirmation from Diego Costa as he completes personal terms ahead of a £32m move from Atletico Madrid. Both Spaniards would make Mourinho’s Blues a real force in next season’s title race.
Fabregas is said to want a deal to be done before the World Cup begins, so both clubs will have to hurry if the former Arsenal man makes a move to the other side of London.