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While England is likely to be their main focus this summer, Chelsea fans could be forgiven for keeping an eye on Spain’s performances in Brazil this summer and not just to show their support for Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Having all but secured the signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32m, the Blues are edging ever closer to clinch a deal that would see Cesc Fabregas return to London after a three-year absence, meaning the defending champions’ World Cup campaign is likely to attract a lot of attention around SW6.
The former Arsenal captain was linked with a return to the Premier League 12 months, as David Moyes and Ed Woodward extensively courted the 27-year-old having seemingly been led to believe that Fabregas had his sights set on a return to Britain, having grown disillusioned with life at the Camp Nou.
With United moving onto other targets, Arsenal were thought to be ready to approach their former player but the FA Cup winners might now have to endure the sight of their former captain joining one of their local rivals, with Chelsea’s £27m offer likely to be enough to lure Fabregas away from Catalonia.
Having lost David Luiz to PSG and with Frank Lampard leaving as a free agent, Jose Mourinho needs to bolster his midfield options ahead of next season and Fabregas, who scored 13 goals and assisted 22 in 55 games in all competitions last season, fits the bill perfectly.
Not only is the 27-year-old is enormously experienced for a player of his age – he won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup with Arsenal, before winning the double with Barcelona as well as a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain – he also knows the Premier League inside out and offers the sort of versatility Mourinho demands from his players.
Fabregas can play anywhere in midfield, from sitting deep alongside another midfielder – likely to be Ramires, in Chelsea’s case – to playing further up the pitch – possibly in a trio comprising Eden Hazard and Oscar – the 27-year-old could be crucial to Chelsea’s title challenge next season.