Jose Mourinho has admitted that Chelsea are interested in Cesc Fabregas after Gerard Pique inadvertently revealed to the Press that a deal for his Barcelona team-mate was already in place.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was caught on camera informing Spanish coach Del Bosque that Fabregas will be leaving Barcelona and that a deal worth £26.8 million was already in place. Unaware that his conversation was being recorded, Pique let it slip that Fabregas was not happy at Barcelona and was looking for a way out of Camp Nou.
“Someone needs to stand up for Cesc. He’s told me it’s a done deal. He’s leaving now for 33 million.”
Del Bosque was then caught on camera suggesting that the Barcelona President has his work cut out for him in the coming weeks.
“The president just can’t seem to catch a break. You’re going to drive the poor guy crazy.”
It has since then been suggested that Chelsea is Fabregas’ preferred destination and rumours stated that Mourinho had already signed the former Arsenal midfielder in a bid to strengthen his team. Adding fuel to the fire, Mourinho himself admitted that they are ‘interested’ in Fabregas and that they are closely ‘monitoring’ the situation.
“We have some (interest in Fabregas). I have interest in analysing the situation.”
Following an unsuccessful season at Barcelona, there has been a lot of talk about Fabregas’ place in the Catalan squad and how he is often left on the sidelines. Pique himself admitted that Fabregas is not given much importance in the club and suggested that he wanted the midfielder to stay back with him next season.
Mourinho too revealed that Fabregas wants to leave Barcelona and suggested that England was his preferred destination as he is familiar with the English Premier League due to his years spent at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.
“It looks like he’s really interested in leaving Barcelona, and is very interested in coming back to England. This is clear. But it’s not for now, or tomorrow, or for before the World Cup.”
“There is a process where he wants to leave, he wants to come to England because it’s the country where he wants to be and where he prefers to play. We are interested in monitoring the situation.”
National team-mate Fernando Torres too has backed Fabregas to move to Chelsea in the coming season, suggesting that he can propel the London club to new heights with his dominance in the middle of the park. Torres believes that if Fabregas is made to feel like a ‘leader’, like he was at Arsenal, then the Barcelona midfielder can drive the team on his own.
“Big players are always good signings. We know Cesc well, he knows the [English] league and he was always one of the best players at Arsenal.”
“[Fabregas] likes to play good football and will offer technique, a cutting edge and also goals.”
“If he’s made to feel important, a leader – just as he was when at Arsenal – he can drive the team on and he’s a type of player Chelsea don’t have right now.”
THT VERDICT: With just a week left for the World Cup to start, it is quite certain that Fabregas will only take a call regarding his future after returning from Brazil. But will former arch-rival Jose Mourinho succeed in luring Fabregas away from Barcelona? Though this transfer seemed highly improbably earlier, with Mourinho admitting that they are interested in Fabregas, it will not be surprising if the midfielder does feel tempted to move back to England. It is quite apparent that he is not well appreciated at Barcelona and will most likely leave Spain at the end of the summer and is reportedly being eyed by clubs other than Chelsea. Manchester United publicly tried to sign Fabregas last season and could again pursue the midfielder given their lack of quality midfielders. Arsene Wenger too would be keeping an eye on the proceedings as he wouldn’t mind being reunited with his former prodigy. Rumours suggest that Arsenal have the first say if Barcelona does decide to sell Fabregas. So with plenty of options in front of him, it will be interesting to see how the summer pans out for the midfielder who will be hoping for a strong performance at the World Cup to increase his value in the transfer market.