Cesc Fabregas would appear set to complete a transfer back to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United all linked with the former Arsenal captain, while there have also been reports of supposed interest from his former club. But, most surprisingly of all, there is now a fresh link to Tottenham.
The suggestion that Spurs could move for Fabregas comes from Mundo Deportivo, with the Spanish sports daily claiming that the north London club should not be ‘ruled out’ of the running to make an approach for the Spain international.
A proposed deal for Fabregas would appear incredibly unlikely, however, with the fact Spurs are unable to offer Champions League football one of several reasons why the midfielder would surely not consider a transfer to White Hart Lane.
There is, of course, his strong connection with Arsenal to contend with as well, and Fabregas has previously described scoring against Spurs as one of his enduring memories of representing the Gunners.
It would be hard to imagine Fabregas playing for an English club other than Arsenal given the genuine affection he harbours, but Chelsea are reported to be the leading candidates to sign the player, with Barcelona set to sell.
€40 million will supposedly be enough to clinch the signature of the 27-year-old and, it is claimed, Chelsea are closing in on a deal to bring Fabregas to Stamford Bridge. This will arrive as another transfer blow to Manchester United, who had tried extensively to sign Fabregas last summer.
Manchester United made as many as three bids for Fabregas a year ago, and it had been reported that the club would follow up this interest after the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have a buyback option on their ex-skipper, although it remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger will choose to activate this, with the acquisition of a left-back and a centre-forward his top priorities this summer.