Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Chelsea are set to make a shock move for Cesc Fabregas, bringing him back to England’s capital.
After a difficult period at Barcelona, Fabregas is keen to return to the Premier League, where he made his name with Arsenal. Mourinho has been alerted to the Spanish international’s availability by his representative Darren Dein.
Chelsea will have to fight off staunch competition from Manchester United, however, who are willing to offer Fabregas a significant pay increase. Manchester United need to rebuild their squad under new manager Louis Van Gaal after a disastrous season saw them finish seventh. Fabregas currently earns €5 million a season at Barcelona, with Man Utd willing to pay upwards of €6 million to convince him to join. They are also preparing an offer of €40 million.
Chelsea, worried about Financial Fair Play, will not be able to offer the same salary, but can offer Fabregas Champions League football. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal may be interested in bringing him back to the Emirates Stadium, a move he would surely prefer to either. Arsenal can also sign Fabregas for only €36 million, due to a buy back clause.
Manchester City have also supposedly met with Dein.
Speaking to La Gazetta dello Sport, Samuel Eto’o has launched a sensational attack on his now former manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has spent much of the season criticising Chelsea’s striking options, and the man he brought in last summer has bore the brunt of Mourinho’s criticisms. At one point, Mourinho referred to the player as “32, maybe 35 years old”, suggesting he is older than officially published.
In his interview, Eto’o referred to Mourinho as “the idiot who called me old”, before saying that this year “the old one has maybe better than some of the young ones”.
Eto’o also said: “I’m 33 years old, not 35.
“I want to play in this year’s World Cup and the next one too, when I am 37.
“Some people think I’m going to America to retire after this, but I have rediscovered the joy of playing in the Champions League and want to continue playing in it.
“I will continue to play because mentally and physically I feel great.”
Eto’o scored 12 goals in 30 games this season, including a hat-trick against Manchester United.
In a piece of news that echoes the rumours emanating from Italy from a few days ago, Frank Lampard’s agent has come to accept that his Chelsea career is over.
Steve Kutner said that Lampard was told during the Club World Cup in Japan and had it reconfirmed to him after the Everton game that there was no intention to reverse the internal decision and offer him a new contract.
This would likely explain Lampard’s emotional celebrations against Southampton at the weekend after scoring his penalty. It will also come as a disappointment to their fans that Chelsea’s now joint-second greatest scorer of all time will be dismissed in such an unceremonious manner.
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