Chelsea Transfer News: Cesc Fabregas Signing Key for Blues Title Challenge

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, left,  duels the ball with Carlos Alberto Sanchez Moreno during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
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Chelsea have reportedly opened negotiations to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho expressing his interest in the former Arsenal player.

The Portuguese manager said on Thursday that he was tracking the situation concerning the Spaniard, per Eurosport:

I have interest in analysing the situation. I think maybe I shouldn't have said that because he is not my player so it is not my problem but it looks like he [Fabregas] is really interested in leaving Barcelona and he is very, very interested in moving back to England. This I think is clear.

Barcelona are reportedly prepared to let Fabregas go for £30 million after he was deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, per the Telegraph:

The player is supposedly eager to return to the Premier League and, as well as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with the 27-year-old.

However, Chelsea seem to be the front-runners to sign up the Spain international, and he would certainly be a good addition as the Blues go in search of next season's Premier League title.

The Stamford Bridge outfit finished third in the English top flight last season, behind Liverpool and eventual winners City.

Fabregas could be exactly the player that Chelsea need to push to the top of the table next season. His quality in midfield and creativity would add goals as well as different options in the middle of the park.

Mourinho's current No. 10, Brazilian Oscar, was unimpressive for the second half of the season after a brilliant start.

Fabregas' arrival would bring new ideas as well as potentially spark Oscar into gear by creating some genuine competition in midfield. The idea of an Oscar, Fabregas and Eden Hazard trio is a very exciting prospect.

The former Gunner provided 13 assists for Barcelona in La Liga last season; that's two more than the combined contribution of Oscar, Hazard and Willian in the Premier League, per

There is no doubt that Fabregas would be a superb addition to Chelsea—he also scored eight La Liga goals— and he could be the midfield marshal they need to bring out the best in their quality midfield. 

Certainly, Blues striker Fernando Torres believes so. Fabregas' Spanish national team-mate thinks the Barcelona player's arrival could take Chelsea to the next level, per Rik Sharma in the Daily Mail:

Big players are always good signings. We know Cesc well, he knows the [English] league and he was always one of the best players at Arsenal.

[Fabregas] likes to play good football and will offer technique, a cutting edge and also goals. If he's made to feel important, a leader—just as he was when at Arsenal—he can drive the team on and he's a type of player Chelsea don't have right now.

In pursuit of next season's Premier League title, Mourinho would do very well indeed to bring Fabregas on board.

He has proven quality, Premier League experience, and at 27, he is still young enough that £30 million looks to be something of a bargain.

With the imminent arrival of Diego Costa also, Chelsea could have one of the most potent attacking forces in Europe next season.

Fabregas could be key to making that unit work and if all the players click, Chelsea could be looking at the Premier League title and more in 2014-15.