Respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said that Cesc Fabregas will not complete his move from Barcelona to Chelsea today.
The midfielder has been strongly linked with a switch to the London outfit this summer, with Blues manager Jose Mourinho himself revealing that he is monitoring the situation in the Catalan capital closely.
Earlier this week, Fabregas’ Barca and Spain teammate Gerard Pique was caught on camera telling his coach Vicente del Bosque that the deal was “done”. With Arsenal having already turned down the chance to re-sign their former captain, Chelsea are said to be the club who are most interested in the 27-year-old.
Fabregas is currently in the USA with the rest of the Spain squad as they continue their preparations for the 2014 World Cup finals, but reports in the Iberian nation have suggested that deal could be finalised today.
Madrid-based Spanish sports daily Marca are reporting that Barca and Chelsea have agreed on a transfer fee worth €33 million (£27m), with Fabregas to earn an annual salary of €10m (£8m) before tax, €3m (£2.4m) more than he currently gets at the Spanish giants.
However, Balague, who works for Sky Sports among others, insists that the transfer of the former Arsenal midfielder to Chelsea will not be completed today. He posted his comments on social networking site Twitter.
The Cesc transfer wont take place today -not done yet fully. So relaxed lunch by the beach before the Brazil trip for me— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 6, 2014
Fabregas returned to his boyhood team Barcelona in the summer of 2011 after several months of trying to force a move out of Arsenal. However, he has not really been able to win over the Catalan club’s fans.
Although Fabregas helped Barca win La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each in the last three years, he has been booed by the supporters, who are not entirely happy with his performances on the pitch. The player himself is said to be frustrated that he has been played in a number of positions in midfield by different managers, and it appears that everyone would win if this transfer goes through.
Will Fabregas be a success at Chelsea, if he eventually moves to Stamford Bridge? Only time will tell.