Chelsea want to cut Arsenal out of Cesc Fabregas deal

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Chelsea would prefer not to pay Arsenal a percentage of any fee should they strike a deal with Barcelona for the transfer of Spain international Cesc Fabregas. The Gunners are due around 50 per cent of any profit Barcelona make on the World Cup winner - but Chelsea are keen to structure a deal to prevent any payment being made to their Premier League rivals.

The Telegraph claim the issue is not a deal-breaker, while Arsenal would not receive a single penny should Barcelona accept a fee of £27 million, the fee Jose Mourinho ideally wants to pay for the £30 million-rated midfielder.

Barcelona signed Fabregas three years ago for an initial £25.4 million fee. That total has now risen to just over £28 million - thanks to a series of add-ons - and Arsenal would subsequently be due a payment if Chelsea agree to pay the reported £30 million fee Barcelona are believed to have accepted.

Mourinho has convinced Fabregas to come to Stamford Bridge after the Spaniard was deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou by recently-appointed manager Luis Enrique. The 27-year-old had previously stated that he would never play for another English club following his eight-year spell with Arsenal, but his dream move back to Barcelona has not panned out as he expected, hence why he is keen to return to the country - and the league - where he rose to continental stardom.

Wenger passed up the opportunity to re-sign Fabregas, somewhat surprisingly, while Manchester United and Manchester City also lost interest in the former Arsenal star.

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