Cesc Fabregas set to choose Chelsea ahead of Arsenal
Fabregas will anger Arsenal supporters by joining the Jose Mourinho project at Stamford Bridge
June 3rd, 2014
Cesc Fabregas is clearly surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona looking to raise funds for Atletico Madrid’s Koke ahead of the new season.
A return to England looks to be on the cards for the Spaniard who is currently on World Cup duty with the national team and Chelsea appear to be the likeliest destination, with the bookies now going odds-on that Jose Mourinho captures his signature.
The move would represent a bitter blow to Arsenal who had hoped to re-sign their former captain, although it appears that Chelsea can stump up the bigger salary for the midfielder, while any sort of transfer fee shouldn’t be a problem for Roman Abramovich.
The 27-year-old cut his teeth at Arsenal whom he joined from Barcelona in 2003, making his senior debut at the tender age of seventeen and going on to make 212 appearances for the Gunners.
Barcelona came calling in 2011 although the 27-year-old has had a mixed time of things at the Nou Camp and the general consensus is that the midfielder is struggling to fit into Barca’s disciplined way of playing football.
While Arsene Wenger had privately hoped to capture his former captain, it appears that Chelsea are in pole position to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign by signing a player who would be very controversial should he head to the Blues.
Ashley Cole became a hate figure after completing a move from Arsenal to the Bridge, with supporters continuing to refer to the defender as Cashley.
Arsenal did have an option to re-sign their former captain from Barcelona, although it is Chelsea who want Fabregas as a long-term successor to Frank Lampard, with the latter having announced his departure from the Bridge on Monday evening.