Updates from Thursday, June 12
Chelsea confirmed the signing of Cesc Fabregas on their Twitter account:
Fabregas also commented on the move:
I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies...— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) June 12, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 6
Marca.com's Staff reports which Premier League club Cesc Fabregas will be joining:
Cesc Fabregas will play for Chelsea next season. The clubs have agreed on a fee of 33 million euros, plus extras for trophies won. The player will sign for four seasons and will earn 10 million a year before tax, three more than what he was on at Barça.
Cesc has chosen the British capital. But his wife has too, who is used to living there and has a large mansion in one of the smartest areas of London. It makes sense then that the player should be interested in Chelsea's offer ahead of any others.
Updates from Thursday, June 5
BBC's David Ornstein reports Arsenal and Barcelona have discussed a potential Cesc Fabregas transfer:
Arsenal have informed Barcelona they won't be exercising buy-back option on Fabregas. He was keen but #afc not seeking a creative midfielder— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 5, 2014
Fabregas now open to market & future likely to be sorted in next few weeks. #Afc priority striker & right-back + will get back-up goalkeeper— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 5, 2014
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho confirmed his interest in Fabregas, via 101GreatGoals.com:
Mourinho said: I am interested in studying the Fabregas situation. I think he’s eager to leave Barcelona and motivated to come back to the Premier League.
I think that much is clear. Now he’s going to sign for Chelsea or for another English club, but it’s not a subject for today, or even tomorrow; it’s for after the World Cup.’
Cesc Fabregas is reportedly gone. Or maybe not.
Barcelona and Spain teammate Gerard Pique was caught on a live microphone stating that Fabregas was already on his way out of the Nou Camp, per football writer Miguel Delaney:
No team re Cesc mentioned but Pique clearly says "He has told me it's already done... yeah, he's gone. 33m, he told me."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 4, 2014
You can read the original article at MundoDeportivo.com.
While some may have already begun thinking about which club made the €33 million bid to pry Fabregas away from Barcelona, BBC Sport's Andy West pointed out Pique isn't above pulling a prank here and there:
...however!...Pique is a notorious practical joker and knew microphones were around. Seems like a nice little wind-up for internal amusement— Andy West (@andywest01) June 4, 2014
Guillem Balague of Sky Sports reiterated that nothing has been finalized:
Cesc hasnt got a deal with Chelsea, it doesnt matter what Pique or others say. Not yet. Conversations taking place but NO DEAL YET. Not yet— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 4, 2014
Richard Keys added more:
Cesc Fabregas will definitely be joining Chelsea.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) June 5, 2014
Fabregas has even been the butt of Pique's jokes before. During Spain's post-2010 World Cup celebration, Pique, Carles Puyol and Pepe Reina pulled a Barcelona shirt on the star midfielder when he was still a member of Arsenal.
However, The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reported that Blues manager Jose Mourinho isn't quite keen on adding Fabregas this summer. Jackson wrote that the "Special One" prefers Atletico Madrid's Koke.
Summer is always the time for subterfuge and deception, so it's difficult to sort out what's fact and what's fiction.
What isn't in doubt, though, is that Fabregas is one of the most talented midfielders in Europe. If he is made available by Barcelona, there would be no shortage of clubs queuing up to sign the 27-year-old.
But until word of his transfer comes from either a club or the player himself, it's safe to say that he's staying put for now.