Roman Abramovich is planning a big money move to bring Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea.
The billionaire has plans to hijack Barcelona's summer bid to bring the Arsenal captain back to Spain, according to reports in the Sun.
Further reports indicate that the Blues see Fabregas as the perfect partner for Frank Lampard in their midfield, and Abramovich has sanctioned a £50 million bid in order to lure him over from Arsenal.
This could just be the opening bid, as Arsene Wenger has slapped on a £60 million price-tag, which would not be too far a stretch for Chelsea's owner.
It could be harder to persuade the player himself, as he is keen to return home to play with his childhood friends at home in Catalunya.
Fabregas said to the Sun that returning to Barcelona to play for his idol Pep Guardiola and alongside the world's greatest players like Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi is what he seeks, but although the La Liga giants do want him, there are doubts they can afford to outbid Chelsea.
Although most Arsenal fans would consider the move impossible, it is interesting to note that Liverpool fans would have not imagined Fernando Torres in a Chelsea shirt a mere month ago.
Roman Abramovich clearly does not understand that there players who value their club over other things.
Agreed that Fabregas wanted to depart for Catalonia but that was mainly beacuse of his desire to play for his boy-hood club.He has reiterated time and again that the only club he'll ever play for after Arsenal is Barcelona.
Moreover Arsenal boss has always insisted that their captain is NOT for sale. And if a transfer does happen the Spanish outfit will have to pay a hefty sum.
The Russian Czar is deluded in believing that he can buy Fabregas for 50-60million pounds.But in reality Arsenal is way better off than Chelsea financially so the question selling him for money does not arise.