Cesc Fabregas has signed for Chelsea, as was announced on Thursday, and his new colleague Petr Cech discovered the news in a relatively novel way. Cech was at Queen’s watching the tennis, where he was interviewed by BBC Sport presenter John Inverdale, who then broke the news to the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Cech, like the rest of us, surely suspected the deal was on the cards, with speculation a week ago claiming Fabregas had agreed to join Chelsea from Barcelona, with a reported fee of £27 million enough to prise the player away from the Camp Nou.
Of course, Cech greeted the confirmation of the Fabregas acquisition with a smile, with Chelsea able to complete quite a coup by bringing the Spain international from Stamford Bridge, despite opposition from Manchester United and Manchester City.
Cech said: “He’s a great player with a lot of experience of playing in England and the Premier League so it’s a great addition to the team.”
But will Cech be at Chelsea to play in the same team as Fabregas next season? Thibaut Courtois appears set to be finally given his chance after performing to distinction for Atletico Madrid, and Cech has reportedly been made available for transfer. We will wait and see on that one.
The most intriguing aspect of the protracted Fabregas transfer, meanwhile, remain the actions of Arsenal, or lack of them in fact. Arsenal had the opportunity to buy Fabregas, such was a clause in the player’s contract when he was sold to Barcelona almost three years ago.
Arsenal had the first option on Fabregas, which would have enabled them to sign the 27-year-old for less than the fee Chelsea paid, but Arsene Wenger forwent the chance to recruit his former captain. It is a decision that will wrangle Arsenal fans, even more so now he has gone to Chelsea. Anyone but Chelsea (well, other than Spurs).
But what a deal for Chelsea. They were unable to win any silverware following Jose Mourinho’s return last season, but will be the clear favourites to triumph on all fronts during the next campaign. A central midfield duo of Fabregas and Nemanja Matic is imposing indeed, while they already have a supply line of repute in place for their next arrival, Diego Costa.
It may only be June and the transfer window is yet to officially open, but the Premier League title could be Chelsea’s to lose already. Over to you, Manchester City and Manchester United.