Stamford Bridge side prepare big summer move for Emirates Stadium captain?
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ROMAN ABRAMOVICH plans to make a £50million summer swoop for Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea’s billionaire owner will try to hijack any Barcelona bid to land the Arsenal skipper.
Capturing Fabregas would be an even more astonishing Blues coup than the recent £50m British record signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool.
Chelsea see the Spaniard as the ideal partner for Frank Lampard in the side’s engine room.
But Abramovich faces a huge task to convince the Gunners to part with their talismanic midfielder, who last year asked to be allowed to join Barca.
Emirates boss Arsene Wenger slapped on a £60m price-tag to stave off the Catalan giants and, in the end, he convinced his captain to stay.
Fabregas, though, was left with a bitter taste in his mouth. He felt Barcelona could have done more to convince Arsenal to sell, after he had taken the huge step of asking to leave in a face-to-face with mentor Wenger.
SOURCE: The Sun
Even Chelsea would not consider making this bid, hell Man City would think twice as well, simply because any such offer would not only be turned down flat by the club but would also surely be given short shrift by the player himself. The Arsenal skipper may well be entertaining the notion of a move back to Barcelona at some stage during his career but he will not consider leaving the Emirates for Stamford Bridge.
Apart from anything else a quick glance at the Premier League table would show that even in footballing terms such a move makes little sense. Carlo Ancelotti’s side is experiencing a poor follow up season to last term’s rampant title triumph and they have an ageing squad issue they are trying to resolve.
Whilst Gunners supporters will have an understandable apprehension this summer that Fabregas may be lured to the Nou Camp they won’t lose any sleep over interest shown by the Blues and this story is in all likelihood the brain child of a bored ‘journalist’ from The Sun.
Indeed even a move to the Catalan giants seems less likely than last summer as Pep Guardiola doesn’t even appear to have space to fit the 23 year old Spaniard into his starting eleven, any move back to the club where Cesc began his career would probably coincide with the retirement of Xavi, who still has a couple of seasons in the tank.