The Blues are still keen on the Barca midfielder.
FC Barcelona and former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is still a target for Chelsea and the Blues are ready to offer wages of £200,000-a-week to tempt the Spaniard to West London, according to the Metro.
Fabregas has been told he can leave the Nou Camp this summer, three years after returning to his boyhood club from the Gunners in a £35m move in 2011.
Since then the Spain international has struggled to truly settle back at Barca and in the 2013/14 season the 27-year-old was even booed by his own fans.
Jose Mourinho meanwhile is looking for a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard, after the veteran announced he will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer when his current contract expires.
It brings to an end a brilliant 13 years with the Blues for Lampard, in which time the England international has won every trophy available and is also widely regarded as the best player in the club’s history.
Mourinho sees Fabregas as a great option to replace the 35-year-old and with both the Spaniard’s former club and Manchester United on his tail, the West Londoners will need to complete the deal quickly.
It’s thought a bid of around £30m will convince the Catalans to sell, whilst colossal wages of £200,000-a-week should be enough to please the midfield ace.
If Fabregas were to make the switch to the Bridge there is sure to be some disappointed and angry fans at the Emirates Stadium, who after spending eight years in North London regard the Spanish star as something of a club legend.
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