Chelsea latest: Blues must muscle in Kroos & Fabregas, 78 goal injection & more

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All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including why the club must muscle in on former Manchester United target and ex Arsenal star.

Earlier today, a report published on HITC:Sport highlighted quotes from a La Liga expert who effectively confirmed that star midfielder Francesc Fabregas is surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

Whether there would be room for the Spaniard at Arsenal (Mesut Ozil, acquired last summer for a club record fee, fulfils the number ten role while Aaron Ramsey appears a lock for the position next to a defensive anchor in the '2' of a 4-2-3-1) or if they could even afford him (the report suggests a £40m spend minimum would be required) remains to be seen, but if the Gunners dither, he would certainly enriched the Chelsea roster.

It may seem like an unlikely transfer scenario, but even Guillem Balague cited that only a few foreign clubs would be suitable for Cesc - and Chelsea were one of them.

Meanwhile, a "Manchester United club source" told ESPN that recently-appointed manager Louis van Gaal has ended the Old Trafford outfit's interest in elite-level passer Toni Kroos, of Bayern Munich. 

If Chelsea were out of the running for Fabregas, Kroos would represent an equally-impressive addition to the SW6 ranks. The player could be available for a cut-price fee as there appears to be an "impasse" over the difference in contractual worth when it comes to the negotiations between Kroos and Bayern. 

Chelsea, of course, could be in for a busy period throughout the summer. 

It is no secret that the strikers currently on the books have failed to impress and Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku could all be sold, according to this report, while Tottenham Hotspur are apparently ready to offer a deal to Samuel Eto'o.

That would leave no recognisable forwards at Stamford Bridge but the club could promote loan star Patrick Bamford, who excelled at Derby County, while also importing renowned strikers Mario Mandzukic and Diego Costa, meaning they would effectively be acquiring a 78 goal injection due to all the goals scored by the three players combined (Bundesliga, La Liga, Champions League, Championship and League One).

And finally, the social media team at Cobham may be lamenting the absence of the club's established stars, who are away with their respective nations training for the World Cup (John Terry is swimming with dolphins), as two photographs from the archives were published on Instagram… check them out.

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