Spanish newspaper Marca claims any Chelsea deal for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is far from being completed.
News broke yesterday in Spain that Fabregas reportedly held an agreement with a Premier League club, thought to be Chelsea in several areas.
With Frank Lampard leaving this summer, the necessity for Jose Mourinho to sign a player who can control the middle of his team is huge but Marca has reported that any deal or agreement isn’t imminent.
“The deal is far from sealed, however, as Manchester City have made their way back into the running for the midfielder, having seemingly dropped their interest at one stage,” reports Marca.
The edge Chelsea have over Manchester city is that a key midfielder has already announced he’s leaving, which creates a gap in the Chelsea squad and the guarantee of regular football should Fabregas take the move.
City’s interest seems to be born out of the recent speculation that Yaya Toure could leave the club after City forgot about his birthday, which seemed to create a wave of unhappiness surrounding the star.
Arsenal have ruled themselves out of the running with two world class number tens in Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, so it’s unlikely they will try and take advantage of any stalling over a deal between Barcelona and Chelsea.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is thought to have passed on the opportunity to commission United to after Fabregas while he’s away coaching the Netherlands ahead of the World Cup.
Therefore, this setback shouldn’t be viewed as a blow to the Blues’ chances of landing the former Gunner.
With Fabregas away focusing on the World Cup, a swift deal was never going to be possible and nothing official is likely to be announced until after the World Cup, when Fabregas himself has had a chance to input directly into negotiations.