Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he's interested in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
As reported by Portuguese newspaper Record, the Chelsea manager admitted that he's following the situation at Barcelona very closely. Fabregas is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United among the frontrunners.
Arsenal reportedly have a buy-back clause that was inserted in the deal that brought Fabregas to the Nou Camp from the Emirates Stadium.
But Arsene Wenger is happy with his options - he has Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla among others in the position - and it's thought that the Gunners will not exercise their clause.
That leaves Chelsea and United as the two most realistic destinations for Fabregas, and Mourinho has today admitted that he would like to bring him to Stamford Bridge if possible.
"I am interested in the Fabregas situation," Mourinho said as reported by Record. "I guess he is eager to leave Barcelona and motivated to return to England.
"But, if he wants to sign for Chelsea or another club, the issue is not for today or tomorrow, nor [will it happen] before the World Cup," continued Mourinho.
The 27-year-old midfielder returned to Barcelona in 2011, but is now deemed surplus to requirements and looks set to return to England, where he played some of his best football for Arsenal.
United have been linked with some of Europe's best midfielders this summer, but the appointment of Louis Van Gaal seems to have shifted their focus towards Dutch internationals.
Chelsea meanwhile will have plenty of cash to spend once the David Luiz to Paris Saint Germain transfer is completed, although they are also in the market for a new striker.