Cesc Fabregas is prepared to join Chelsea after being told by Arsene Wenger that there is no place for him at Arsenal, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The Barcelona midfielder wholly expected to be offered the chance to rejoin the Gunners after being put up for sale but has been left surprised to find that he is not wanted at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile Chelsea have moved to the front of the queue and are giving Fabregas the chance to replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge. Fabregas was initially reluctant to join another Premier League club but is now ready to spite Wenger by signing for one of their main title rivals.
Wenger has other priorities in the transfer window, including a right-back, a goalkeeper and a striker, and has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal in midfield.
This is the message Wenger probably delivered to Fabregas, who now has little other option but to join Chelsea. Fabregas has family in London so would not consider a move to Liverpool or either Manchester clubs anyway.
Chelsea remains his only viable option and Fabregas is happy to join up with Mourinho partly out of spite and partly out of a lack of alternatives.
It's a curious situation for Arsenal, who, this time last season, would have leapt at the opportunity to re-sign their former captain. However, the acquisition of Mesut Ozil last summer, who joined the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, has left Wenger with little option but to reject Fabregas.