It is done, Chelsea have finally agreed a deal to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the Premier League from Barcelona. The Blues emerged as the outright favourites to snap up the player in recent weeks - after it became clear Barcelona were willing to sell the former Arsenal captain.
And when it also emerged that Arsenal and Manchester United were no longer interested - Chelsea seemed the logical destination.
With the departure of Frank Lampard impending Chelsea needed a new central midfield option - and Fabregas' return to his boyhood club has not lived up to his previous expectations.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
The 27-year-old has joined on a five-year contract and will wear the no. 4 shirt.
Fabregas, who spent eight years at London rivals Arsenal, has also explained the move - telling the official Chelsea website:
"Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team. I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return. I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing."
Fabregas talks of 'unfinished business' from his time at Arsenal, and it is easy to deduce just what that might be.
During his time at the club he only ever won the FA Cup - the Premier League trophy is still an award he needs to lift in his career. Arsenal fans may not like it, but under Jose Mourinho he might just finally get what he wants.