Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been tipped to join Chelsea this summer by Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, who believes the Spain international may be convinced to move to Stamford Bridge despite his negative feelings towards Jose Mourinho.
Fabregas effectively told Mourinho to ‘shut up’ earlier this season - but, if reports from Spain are to be believed, the World Cup winner may have been convinced to join the Portuguese coach in west London this summer. Several respected Spanish publications believe it’s only a matter of time before Fabregas becomes a Chelsea player - and Hunter, who has written comprehensive accounts of the recent histories of both Barcelona and Spain, is of the same opinion.
"Barcelona are off the record confirming that there’s an agreement on price with Chelsea. I have to admit I do not know what Fabregas would think of working for Jose Mourinho though,” he told talkSPORT.
"There were times when Mourinho was with [Real] Madrid that Fabregas was - although articulate - very critical of Mourinho’s behaviour. That can change, huge wages can make you work for different people.
“If you ask me where he will end up, I think he will end up at Chelsea."
However, Hunter also believes there is a slim chance that German champions Bayern Munich could enter the race if Pep Guardiola sells star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is a reported target of Manchester United. Hunter says that Guardiola prefers Toni Kroos to the 29-year-old Germany international and may look to move him on this summer.
"The reason Barcelona want to sell Fabregas is they want to spend €60million on buying Koke out of his clause at Atletico Madrid,” the journalist added. "But Pep Guardiola does wants to move Schweinsteiger on. He feels Schweinsteiger doesn’t move the ball quickly enough for the brand of football he’s trying to implicate [at Bayern].
"If Schweinsteiger gets sold then maybe there will be a bid for Fabregas.”