Thursday, 5 June 2014

Chelsea FC, Man Utd target Cesc Fabregas to move for €33m says team-mate

Cesc Fabregas (L) and Gerard Pique (credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is believed to be a target for Chelsea and Manchester United, will return to the Premier League this summer for €33million, team-mate Gerard Pique has been quoted as saying.

Fabregas, who was the subject of two failed bids from United last summer, is set to be sold by Barcelona this summer and is said to be keen on returning to England.

The Red Devils are still reportedly showing interest in signing the Spain international, while former club Arsenal are rumoured to be considering trying to lure the 27-year-old back to Emirates Stadium and reports this week have suggested Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen.

According to Pique, Fabregas is set to leave Camp Nou for a fee of €33m, and the centre-back has criticised Barcelona for not appreciating the player.

Pique was captured by microphones while speaking to Spain coach Vicente del Bosque during a press conference, and has been quoted as saying: "We have to defend Cesc a little. He told me it's done. He's off - €33m [£27m], he said to me."

Pique told reporters of Fabregas: "I really like Cesc and I know he is going through a tough time because the club don't appreciate him as much as they should.

"He is one of those players who would be first choice at any other club in the world, the star of the team.

"Despite that, he is finding it harder at Barca. I don't know what he's going to do; we haven't spoken about that.

"I hope he stays, because if you look at his stats this season, he is our highest-scoring midfielder and the one with the most assists. Of course I want him to stay with us."

Bookmakers Sky Bet on Thursday morning made Chelsea their 1/9 favourites to sign the Spaniard during the summer transfer window in their Cesc Fabregas Next Club market - in from 4/1 earlier in the week.
Arsenal and Man Utd are both 7/1, out from 7/2 and 5/1 respectively on Wednesday.

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