The transfer of Spain international Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona to Chelsea could be confirmed today, according to reports from Spain. The 27-year-old is on the brink of signing a lucrative long-term contract with the west London outfit.
Mundo Deportivo, who were one of the first Spanish newspapers to break the Fabregas to Chelsea story earlier this week, claim that a deal is close to being wrapped up - and an official announcement could be made before the end of today.
Fabregas is currently with the Spain squad, preparing for the World Cup finals, but reports this week suggest the classy midfielder may have already undergone a medical with the Blues ahead of his proposed £30m transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and his former club Arsenal have all been linked with Fabregas, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has won the race to sign the Spain international, even though the two men have not always seen eye-to-eye. Indeed, earlier this year Fabregas effectively told Mourinho to ‘shut up’ following Barcelona’s victory over Manchester City in the Champions League.
But money talks - and the fact Fabregas no longer felt comfortable at the Camp Nou made his mind up to accept Mourinho’s offer. The versatile midfielder will be expected to fill the huge void left by the Blues’ all-time top scorer Frank Lampard, who has left the club on a free transfer.
Fabregas produced the best football of his career during his eight-year spell with Arsenal, whose supporters will be bitterly disappointed to see one of their heroes plying his trade for a city rival next season, and the midfielder hopes that a move back to England will help him rediscover his best form heading into the peak years of his career.