Mourinho, speaking at a pre-World Cup event for Yahoo, made no attempt to conceal his eagerness to bring Fabregas to West London. Per Sky Sports:
I am interested in studying Fabregas' situation. I think he is anxious to leave Barcelona and motivated to return to England. I think that is clear...Whether he is going to sign for Chelsea or for another club, that is not a subject to be discussed today, tomorrow or before the World Cup.
In addition, two Spaniards already on Chelsea's books have gone ahead and publicly backed the move. Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta both had words of high praise for their national teammate, reports Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, it would appear Barcelona are already bracing themselves for the departure of their midfielder, with a replacement lined up. According to the Daily Mail, the Catalan giants have won the race to sign Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic.
Fabregas' quality is not in question. Having made a name for himself as a world-class talent while at Arsenal, the Spaniard earned a move back to his boyhood club. He has been fairly prolific for Barca over the past two seasons, netting 19 league goals since joining. He's also garnered 24 assists in La Liga over that stretch.
Truth be told, though, it hasn't been all rosy for Fabregas at Barca. His teammate and friend, Gerard Pique, believes that the club hasn't afforded the playmaker enough appreciation (per Goal.com).
While most clubs would be delighted to have a player of Fabregas' caliber join their ranks, he isn't necessarily the man Chelsea needs. Given the sizable amount of money that will be exchanging hands should the move go through, Mourinho must deliberate further to be sure he's identified the right man.
Here are four reasons why the potential signing of Fabregas is unwarranted.
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