Today it was confirmed that Chelsea have signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year deal. The fee is believed to be around £30million, and it signals the first major signing for any of the leading Premier League teams.
Last season, Chelsea were not too far behind eventual champions Manchester City, and the signing of Fabregas shows the intention of Jose Mourinho to try and not only close that gap to City, but to actually overtake them in the Premier League pecking order. City themselves are yet to make any moves in this window, and Mourinho and Chelsea have now struck first.
Chelsea were a solid defensive outfit last season but struggled to break down some of the negative opposition that they encountered. And although they have the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian in their attack, they still struggled to consistently open these teams up or even produce the kind of magic which can open up those tight games.
Fabregas will certainly help in that regard, and he is undoubtedly an improvement on the current Chelsea central midfield options — to play alongside Nemanja Matic — of Ramires and John Obi Mikel. He can be a creator for the team, and he can be a goalscorer from midfield as well.
The midfield tandem of Fabregas and Matic in the Chelsea engine room should make for interesting viewing, and if they do manage to gel, they will be among the very best central midfield duos currently playing in the Premier League. Playing at this particular moment, that is, because with the other big teams in the league still to make their moves in this transfer window, things could soon all change again.
But for now Fabregas is officially a Chelsea player, and Mourinho has significantly improved his Chelsea team after sealing the first major transfer of the Premier League’s leading contenders.