Roman Abramovich is lining up a £50m Chelsea bid in the summer for Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, according to the Metro.
After securing Fernando Torres in a record deal at the end of January, the Russian billionaire will do all he can to sign the Gunner’s captain from under the noses of Barcelona.
It would take something special for the 23-year-old to be allowed to leave for another Premier League side, but with a £50m cash deal being too much for Liverpool to turn down for Torres, the Blues hope the north London club could also be tempted with such an offer.
Cech admits mistake.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits to the error that handed Liverpool defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, according to Sky Sports.
The Czech international failed to deal with Steven Gerrard’s cross that fatally fell at the feet of Reds midfielder Raul Meireles, who steered the ball home to score the winner.
The 28-year-old explained how Dirk Kuyt’s run had distracted him: “I thought Kuyt would get to the cross at the near post,” He continued. “I was there later than I should have been. I made a clear error, there is nothing more you can say about it.”
But the former Rennes keeper refused to admit defeat in the title race: “We still have a chance because other clubs have also been dropping points, Man United have slipped up for the first time so we will see how they cope.”
Chelsea’s Ashley Cole has been awarded the England player of the year accolade for 2010, becoming the first defender to take the honour.
The left-back was one of very few players to return from the World Cup in South Africa with his reputation in tact, his form has continued into the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
The 30-year-old, who finished ahead of Steven Gerrard and Adam Johnson – second and third respectively – in the Press Association poll, missed just three of England’s 12 matches last season.