Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Barcelona striker Cesc Fabregas on a five-year deal for a reported £27 million fee.

The transfer marks a dramatic return to English football for the ex-Arsenal captain, who spent eight years in north London before joining the Catalan side.

Fabregas said in a statement on Chelsea's website: "I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return."

The 27-year-old added: "I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing."

Fabregas will wear the number four shirt vacated by former Chelsea defender David Luiz after he completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain last month. But the experienced player will be seen as a replacement for the Blues' all-time top goalscorer Frank Lampard.

He also thanked Barcelona for "three wonderful years" during which he helped the club win five major trophies including the La Liga title and Copa del Rey.

"Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona," said Fabregas, who was a member of the Barca academy between the ages of 10 and 16. "It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team."

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