Cesc Fabregas could soon be playing his football for Chelsea. Frank Lampard has confirmed that he will be leaving the club after 13 glorious years, and Jose Mourinho is keen to replace him with the former Arsenal man.
It appears that Atletico Madrid midfielder, Koke, who has also been on Jose’s radar, could well be on his way to Barcelona, after the Catalan club stepped up their interest. As such, this could pave the way for Fabregas to leave the Spanish giants. Ironically enough, Fabregas – a member of Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy from the age of ten until sixteen, before moving to Arsenal – has never really seemed to have settled in Barcelona as he did in London.
Reports are that Fabregas is keen to return to England, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all interested. It is no wonder considering the ability of the flamboyant 27 year-old.
At Arsenal, Fabregas was the heartbeat of the team. Showing a sense of maturity far beyond his age, Fabregas developed into an outstanding footballer. He conducted and dictated games with his wide range of passing and intelligence both on and off the ball. His creativity was second to none, and his defence-splitting passes opened up even the most stubborn of backlines.
By the time he became captain of Arsenal in 2008, at just 21 years of age, Fabregas was amongst the very best midfielders in the world. He often carried the team on his young shoulders and in his absence Arsenal were simply not the same team.
For Barcelona, despite never really setting the world alight in a squad brimming with exceptional talent, Fabregas has still consistently played at a high level.
Chelsea need to replace Lampard with a top quality, proven midfielder, with at least a few years ahead of them. I cannot think of a more suitable replacement than Cesc Fabregas. Having already played for many seasons in the Premier League there should be no real struggle to adapt to the league or English culture.
Whilst he will probably not score as many goals as Lampard, he is a player with more creativity and flair than Lampard had. Playing in a midfield with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar could be very tasty indeed. Chelsea should do all they can to get his signature ahead of their Premier League rivals.