Jose Mourinho ditched family outing to sign Cesc Fabregas for Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho was so desperate to complete the signing of Cesc Fabregas that he ditched his son's season finale to ensure the Spanish midfielder's £27m transfer to Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

The 27-year-old was in two minds whether he could cross the London divide having previously represented Arsenal as captain, but the Blues boss paid Fabregas a personal visit to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

When Barcelona made it clear that the player was available for transfer from Camp Nou this summer, Mourinho made sure the deal was done swiftly before Fabregas set off for the World Cup in Brazil.

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There is great advantages to getting business done early, and deals for Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid quickly followed.

All three players have now joined up with their new team-mates at Chelsea's pre-season base camp in Austria, as they continue preparations for the new campaign.

Chelsea transfer gossip:

Recently axed Chelsea star Demba Ba has revealed that German midfielder Marko Marin wants to join him in making a move to Turkish giants Besiktas. (Yahoo Sports)

The 25-year-old spent virtually the entirety of last season's campaign at Sevilla, where he managed 18 La Liga appearances, and is determined to depart Stamford Bridge this summer in a bid to secure regular first-team football.

Chelsea have started work on a deal to take Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho eyeing the France international as a replacement for David Luiz. (London Evening Standard)

The 21-year-old is said to be unhappy at the Bernabeu and is considering his future, which could allow the Blues to swoop for his services - with a bid in the region of £20 million likely to enough to lure him to the Premier League.

Chelsea are reluctant to let Ryan Bertrand join Liverpool because of their renewed Premier League title rivalry, with Jose Mourinho eager to avoid helping strengthen a direct challenger. (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho's hopes of luring Real Madrid star Sami Khedira to Stamford Bridge could be thwarted by Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, who has pleaded with his Germany team-mate to snub Chelsea in favour of a move to the Emirates Stadium. (Daily Express)

The Blues have held a long-term interest in bringing the defensive midfield star to west London, but could miss out on acquiring his services if Podolski gets his way.

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