Chelsea could have a fight on their hands doing a deal for Cesc Fabregas according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
Fabregas seems set for a return to the Premier League but Marca suggests that any reports of an agreement or edge in terms of a Chelsea deal are misguided.
“Barca reluctant to sell player to Chelsea,” reads the tag accompanying Marca’s headline.
“Barcelona would prefer it if Fàbregas didn't end up at Chelsea as the Catalan club is reluctant to help strengthen a direct rival in their bid to win next year's Champions League.”
That statement in itself is a reason that the Blues have an edge over Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.
Fabregas is at the point in his career where he needs to be playing Champions League football because he could consider it a step backwards to join a side that can’t offer any form of European football at all.
However, his club control his contract and aren’t obliged to accept any offer from Chelsea, which could prevent the Spaniard from heading off to Stamford Bridge.
United certainly have the resources to pull off a deal but they’d be battling against Fabregas’ desire to play in the Champions League which could force him to withdraw back to Barca in the hope that he’ll get chances to play under Luis Enrique.
Marca suggests that while Barca are aware Chelsea represent a good opportunity for Fabregas to play in his natural position, the club have to protect their interests as they go about wrestling the Champions League title away from Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho may even solve the problem for them because there have been a few reports over the last couple of days, which have suggested the Portuguese coach would prefer other players to the former Arsenal man.
In short, Barca don’t want to sell to the Blues but they may not have a choice if the West Londoners are the only side prepared to pay big money for the Spanish international.