Chelsea will attempt to convince Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to say yes to a move to Stamford Bridge by offering the Spain international a four-year deal worth €10m-a-season. The 27-year-old, who is also wanted by Manchester United and Arsenal, is poised to leave the Camp Nou this summer.
Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial say Chelsea are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Barcelona for Fabregas - believed to be a €40m package - and will tempt the classy midfielder to join Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge by making him one of the Blues’ highest-paid players.
Fellow Spanish newspapers Marca and Mundo Deportivo have both reported inside the past 24 hours that Chelsea are close to signing the former Arsenal star - while unconfirmed reports have even suggested that the Spaniard underwent a medical at Stamford Bridge last week.
Barcelona are keen to sell Fabregas in order to generate the necessary funds to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, who was one of La Liga’s standout performers during the 2013/14 campaign. Chelsea, meanwhile, are on the lookout for a replacement for club legend Frank Lampard, who confirmed on Monday that he has played his final game for the Blues.
However, it’s believed that Chelsea’s offer falls short of the bid made by Manchester United. While the Blues have offered more than Arsenal, their bid is £2m lower than the £34m the Red Devils have offered.
Barcelona, who finished the 2013/14 campaign without a major trophy, will sell to the highest bidders - but there’s still time negotiations to take place before Fabregas makes his return to the Premier League following the conclusion of the World Cup finals in Brazil.