Cesc Fabregas was back in London at the weekend, leading to more speculation the Spaniard is Arsenal bound.
Yet the Gunners are said to have stepped back from re-signing their former hero, and it is Chelsea claimed to be frontrunners.
The same paper have now claimed Fabregas is 'closing on a move to Chelsea', stating he is being targeted as Frank Lampard's replacement.
Manchester City have distanced themselves from reports linking them to the midfielder, while Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is not thought to have made him a priority.
For Fabregas to join Chelsea, it would be a very controversial move given his previous links with Arsenal, and one we remain sceptical of.
The Spaniard has a history opposing Jose Mourinho, not only from his Arsenal days but from his Barcelona days while Mourinho was managing Real Madrid.
Marca yesterday reported Chelsea were willing to offer Fabregas €5 million per year, more than his present deal at Barcelona, but they believe United are still interested and could offer a higher wage.
While living in the same city as Arsenal may be considered unwelcome for Cesc when there will be so many upset Gooners for him to run into, Mundo Deportivo report he is keen to return to the city regardless for family reasons.