All the latest Chelsea transfer news and rumours including quotes on Barcelona misfit and Arsenal icon Cesc, Diego landing and Thibaut's tribute.
Chelsea could be about to make one of the biggest transfer market statements in modern English football history.
The Stamford Bridge club could unveil two prime footballers, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, for a combined fee of approximately £60 million, as the two Spaniards are ready to complete deals from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
It seems almost unfathomable that a player who has oft battled intensely against Chelsea and even spoke out in the press about Jose Mourinho while the Portuguese was at Barcelona, would return to the Premier League and not wear a red and white shirt.
But that is precisely what looks like happening in the coming days as the BBC filed confirmation that Arsenal would not be pursuing the versatile midfielder, leaving the Blues with a clear run at the creative 27-year-old.
Fabregas is rumoured to cost the club £30 million and the prospect of linking up with his international team-mate at SW6 is something that has excited striker Fernando Torres, who told MARCA: "Big players are always good signings. We know Cesc, he knows the division and was always among the top players when he was at Arsenal. He likes to play good football and will offer ball control, cutting edge, and goals.
"If he's made to feel important, like a leader - like when he was at Arsenal - he can drive the team on and he's a type of player Chelsea don't have right now."
Jose Mourinho also commented on the speculation and the player: "I'm interested to look at his situation," he said at a Yahoo event. "I think he is eager to leave Barcelona and very motivated by the idea of returning to England. I think that is pretty clear. We are interested to see how the situation evolves."
Another international team-mate, Diego Costa (pictured right, with Cesc), could be joining him in West London as the predatory forward completed a medical examination yesterday.
Torres said of Costa: "He is a strong player who is good with his back to goal, someone who can mix it with defenders and offer another outlet when you're having a hard time in possession.
"He has different attributes to our other attacking players, so he gives the coach a different option."
Former Blue midfielder Juan Mata, sold to Manchester United earlier this year, said to the press that he is "very well suited to English football because of his power and strength. He is the type of player that thrives there, but at the moment he is still an Atletico player."
And finally, returning loan star Thibaut Courtois, who has been making a case to start ahead of Chelsea mainstay Petr Cech, was lauded by elite goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
"The youngster I like a lot is the Belgian, Thibaut Courtois," he told The Guardian. "I like him a lot."