Former Everton striker Andy Gray has said that Cesc Fabregas’s potential move to Chelsea is a great bit of business by those at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas has been told he can leave the Nou Camp this summer after he signed for the La Liga giants from Arsenal in 2011.
Arsenal were said to have first refusal on Fabregas but Arsene Wenger appears to have declined to take up such that offer.
Gray, now a pundit in Qatar, told TalkSport that the Spaniard will fit perfectly in Jose Mourinho’s midfield set-up.
He said: “He has got the right pedigree, he is made of the right stuff and he is a terrific footballer. He will fit in quite perfectly in that midfield area.
“He knows the Premier League. He is not one of these foreign players who is going to have to come in and maybe have a year, 18 months to settle into the place.
“If the move for Fabregas goes through and the Diego Costa deal goes through, it shows Chelsea are flexing their muscles a little bit and one or two people should be worried.”
A signing of the Spaniard’s calibre is likely to move Mourinho’s side on to the next stage.
For much of the last season, the Blues boss talked about the evolution of his side, and about them learning to compete as they weren’t necessarily ready to win trophies, despite being in with a chance of winning the Premier League title heading into May, and getting to the Champions League semi-finals.
There will be more expectancy on the Blues to pick up silverware next season if the deal goes through, given that they will have signed a top-class midfielder to go alongside one of the most sought after strikers in Europe in the form of Diego Costa – whose goals played a big role in Atletico Madrid winning the La Liga title, and getting to the Champions League final.