Chelsea transfer news: Fabregas latest, Balotelli & Costa links

All the latest news and views including pipping Manchester United to Barcelona star Cesc and Arsenal to AC Milan striker Super Mario.

Jose Mourinho may well be looking to build the greatest midfield in world football.

Already blessed with creative attacker Eden Hazard, Chelsea could supplement their roster with the summer acquisition of a: Barcelona misfit Cesc Fabregas, b: Juventus talisman Paul Pogba or c: Atletico Madrid star Koke Resurreccion.

The Blues are expected to be aggressive protagonists in the transfer market and are believed to be looking at Eliaquim Mangala as a replacement for David Luiz, who agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain last month.

While Mangala has been linked more frequently with a Manchester City switch, this report indicates a Chelsea move would be preferable for the player while the Stamford Bridge side are also less encumbered by Financial Fair Play when it comes to wage packages on offer.

The club's marquee announcement could be made at the end of the current week, writes John Cross in The Mirror, as the £35 million transfer of Diego Costa from Atletico to Chelsea may be completed in the coming days.

On a Sky Sports article published earlier today, Mario Balotelli - allegedly wanted by both Chelsea and Arsenal - is seemingly up for grabs over the next few weeks/months, but AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi is either attempting to quash the speculation or buy time. 

If Balotelli was genuinely off-limits and a board member was going to make a statement, then the copy would be more definitive. He said: "Will Balotelli stay? We have not decided about the market yet, neither for signings or for sales. We are evaluating, anyway, new players, but to take decisions we must wait for the new coach."

Some players may be more Chelsea suitable than others, as a HITC: Sport report article implies in here, where it is claimed that Fabregas will need to learn a lesson he seemingly failed to do at Barcelona, if he is to be successful at SW6.

Gunners legend Thierry Henry claims, such is the player's talent and ability to excel in a foreign country at 16-years-old, that he would succeed wherever he ends up playing, if indeed he does even leave Camp Nou. 

Yesterday, Frank Lampard released a statement indicating that his Chelsea days were now behind him and the tributes have poured in overnight - with one former Bayern Munich superstar labelling Lampard a "legend"

And finally, Chelsea prospect Kurt Zouma has revealed the reason why he snubbed Manchester United and Internazionale's advances in order to exchange contracts with the Blues.

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