Chelsea Have Begun Negotiations to Sign Cesc Fabregas, Says Report; But Will He Fit In At Stamford Bridge?

If The Daily Telegraph newspaper is to be believed, Chelsea have begun negotiations with Cesc Fabregas to lure the talented midfielder away from Barcelona and to sign him on a long-term contract in the Premier League. The paper adds that Jose Mourinho admits he’s interested in signing the footballer.

When Fabregas was at Arsenal from 2003-2011, football supporters would have been ridiculed as crazy if it was suggested that Fabregas would one day don the blue shirt of Chelsea, but stranger things have happened. We’re now forced to entertain the possibility, but would Fabregas fit in to Chelsea’s system, and does the club even need another talented midfielder at Stamford Bridge?

Mourinho has publicly declared his interest in signing him as a replacement for the outgoing Frank Lampard. But is Fabregas the type of player that fits the uncreative, at times, and cold Mourinho system. Fabregas and Mourinho are from completely different moulds, with Fabregas being associated with playing the passing game that has perfectly defined Arsenal and Barcelona over the years. He was at the heart of the Arsenal team that embraced the beautiful way of playing football, and then effortlessly slotted in the Barcelona’s style of tiki taka.

While that defines Fabregas, Mourinho is anything but that. He is quite the opposite of it, if nothing else. His criticism of passing football is prominent in the media archives, and also the tactics he has set up against Barcelona in the past to halt their passing game have done nothing to suggest otherwise. The two mentalities of Mourinho and Fabregas are in stark contrast, which could foretell the relationship they will share should Fabregas join Chelsea.

Also, the 27-year old might have to spend some time in transition to get used to Mourinho’s system. Mourinho fancies combative ball winners to put in a shift every time rather than see silky playmakers dictate play in his team but fail to track back. That more than explains the sudden fall of Juan Mata at Chelsea, who was suddenly frozen out after Mourinho’s arrival, and was then shipped out to Manchester United. Such has been Mourinho’s confidence sapping impact on Mata that he is still finding his feet at Old Trafford. Having seen his countryman and fellow playmaker ruthlessly slayed by Mourinho, it’s a possibility that Fabregas could get a sneak peek as to what he can expect, should he make the move to the blue half of London.

Perhaps the most telling factor that could have a say is their respective histories. Not only is Fabregas an ex-Arsenal man, but also has Barcelona running through his veins. Mourinho, on the other hand, has criticized Arsenal and Wenger (Fabregas’ mentor) in particular on numerous occasions. He has also managed Barcelona’s arch rivals Real Madrid and has overseen a series of feisty El Clasico clashes during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Would Fabregas be willing to upset Wenger and Arsenal, and go join a man who is never remembered fondly by anyone associated with Barcelona? I have my doubts.

9 thoughts on “Chelsea Have Begun Negotiations to Sign Cesc Fabregas, Says Report; But Will He Fit In At Stamford Bridge?”

  1. Haha. Love how it is Jose’s fault that Mata has been poor since joining United. Has the possibility that maybe Mata isn’t as good as you think crossed your mind?

    There is a reason why Mata is being touted for sale after just 6 months.

    1. Or maybe he wasn’t used to playing in the David Moyes long ball style and Jose Mourinho all out defensive system?
      He’s a guy that would flourish playing in a more open and expansive system.

      1. You could be right but that still doesn’t make it Jose’s fault as the writer is suggesting
        Mata is a good player in the right system. Not many teams and none of the top teams can afford to accommodate that though.
        His one failing is his total reliance on his left foot which means time and time again he slows movesvdown whilst he adjusts. In today’s fast paced game that isn’t good enough.

  2. Fabregas doesn’t play parking the bus. He is not a good fit for Mourinho’s brand of boring soccer and he is going to end up a frustrated player on the bench for not tracking back.

  3. Agreed. Fabregas is a one of my all-time favorites, a smart, dynamic player… similar to how the article describes Mata (Who I also have the utmost respect for). I don’t see the fit with what Jose has been doing at Chelsea. Unnecessary. Jose has defined his vision for Chelsea (Whether we like it or not isn’t the discussion here), and it seems like there are players much better suited for such a system.

    Shame it didn’t work out for a return to Arsenal, but I understand the reasoning.

    1. It does seem an odd fit but Chelsea need more creativity in midfield to break down teams playing behind the ball. If they play 4-2-3-1 then Cesc could be in the middle of the three, with Matic providing cover in the 2 and Costa (assuming it happens) up front. Who plays next to Matic is the real question. I always thought Oscar could play central mid, especially with an excellent DM like Matic in the pairing.

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