Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas after days of speculation that the Spaniard would be making the switch to Stamford Bridge.
The West London Club reported the news on their official Twitter feed:
It had been widely reported that Barcelona were prepared to let the 27-year-old go for £30 million, having deemed him surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, per Matt Law in The Telegraph.
Highly respected Spanish football writer Guillem Balague reports the transfer fee eventually agreed between Barcelona and Chelsea for Fabregas:
Even though Barcelona have not said it, the deal is 33 million euros plus variables.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 12, 2014
Meanwhile, the Associated Press' Rob Harris relays the former Arsenal player's comments concerning his move:
Fabregas on joining Chelsea on 5-year deal: 'I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier Lge & now is the right time to return"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 12, 2014
Squawka Football also reports the Spanish international's admittance that, while his former club had the opportunity to bring him back, the Gunners decided against it:
Cesc Fabregas: "Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option."— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 12, 2014
Football 365's Daniel Storey speculates that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may live to regret the decision depending on whom the Gunners can bring in over the transfer window:
That Arsenal effectively turned down Fabregas acts as a mighty big stick to beat Arsene Wenger with come August 31st. Huge call.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) June 12, 2014
The Evening Standard's James Olley believes Fabregas and Chelsea should work well together and also feels Wenger could feel the pressure of not going in for his former star:
Bleacher Report UK notes how efficient the Spanish player was in updating his social media while also providing the slightly jarring sight of Fabregas in a Chelsea shirt:
And WhoScored.com gives Chelsea fans something to be very pleased about, providing the player's Premier League assist record:
Squawka helpfully notes that his creative ability has most certainly not deserted him while he has been in Spain playing for the Catalan giants:
Only Angel di Maria registered more assists (17) last season than Cesc Fabregas (13) in Europe's top 5 leagues. pic.twitter.com/NXvpaQC5qN— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 12, 2014
Finally, BBC Sport relays the thoughts of veteran Chelsea keeper Peter Cech on his new teammate:
It looks as though Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has pulled of a real coup with the signing of Fabregas, a player of true quality who, for some reason, no other clubs properly fought to sign.
He will bring great experience and creativity to an already strong Chelsea midfield, and his arrival just before the World Cup marks a very good early piece of business by the Stamford Bridge outfit.