Barcelona reluctant to sell Cesc Fabregas to Jose Mourinho

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Barcelona are reluctant to sell Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea because of animosity between the club and Jose Mourinho, according to Marca.

The future of Fabregas has been the biggest talking point in world football despite the fact the World Cup starts in just eight days. Chelsea have emerged as the favourites to sign him but that's not ideal for Barcelona.

Officials at the Nou Camp see Chelsea as a direct rival for the Champions League title and know strengthening a team that Mourinho is managing won't go down well with Barcelona fans.

Mourinho hardly made friends at Barcelona during his tumultuous spell in charge of Real Madrid, and that ill-feeling remains prevalent in Catalonia even now.

The issue for Barcelona is, Chelsea seem to be the only club willing to take Fabregas, 27, off of their hands. Arsenal have reportedly told Barcelona they don't need to midfielder while Louis van Gaal has ordered Manchester United to drop their interest.

Even so, it is believed Fabregas would prefer a move to London regardless of whether it is Arsenal or not and is willing to patch up his differences with Mourinho if it means gaining a guaranteed starting place in one of Europe's top clubs.

the priority for Barcelona remains generating the most money possible in the sale of Fabregas and Chelsea have made both the club and the player an attractive proposition.

It is, therefore, looking increasingly likely that Barcelona will acquiesce and agree to the sale of Fabregas to maybe their greatest enemy in football: The Special One.  

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