Cesc Fabregas was Jose Mourinho's third choice target

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Cesc Fabregas was Jose Mourinho's third choice central-midfield transfer target, according to The London Evening Standard.

The report has insisted that the Blues boss wanted Atletico Madrid's Koke and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba before opting to bring the former Barcelona man to Stamford Bridge. 

Fabregas completed a £27 million move to Chelsea yesterday, signing a five-year deal worth £156,000-a-week with the club. However, it's uncertain as to whether the Portuguese coach really wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

It's not extremely surprising, however, that the Blues manager looked at bringing Koke to the club after his fine season with La Liga champions Atletico last term. He was instrumental in the Spanish side's success, and played a key role in their Champions League semi-final victory over Mourinho's team last season. 

Ex-Manchester United man Pogba has also gained rave reviews in the Serie A in recent time after a number of outstanding displays for Juventus, however it appears that Mourinho was unable to bring the Frenchman back to the Premier League. Pogba may well take the chance to show Mourinho just what he will be missing in Brazil. It's expected that the midfielder will play a key role for the French in the tournament, as Didier Deschamps' side look to go all the way this summer. 

However, Blues fans will be more interested in seeing how their latest squad addition performs this summer. Fabregas looks set to play his part in Spain's Group B opener with the Netherlands's this evening. The game, which represents a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final, looks set to feature a number of Premier League stars including the likes of Robin van Persie and ex Chelsea man Juan Mata. 

Fabregas will certainly be looking to make a major impact throughout the summer, before heading to the Bridge. The Spanish star will be desperate to hit top form next season as Chelsea go in search of silverware. Mourinho's side were left empty handed last term, after only managing to secure a third placed Premier League finish. The addition of Fabregas, however, will only improve his team's chance of success this time around. 

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