Chelsea lead race to sign Barca star as Lampard departs

Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas is now Chelsea’s number one summer target as the replacement for Frank Lampard, who has ended his Blues career, Daily Mail reports.

After 13 years with the club, Lampard is departing this summer and Chelsea have pinpointed Fabregas as the man to replace the Englishman.

Lampard is set for a move to Major League Soccer’s New York City FC with the Blues ready to make a £30million move for Fabregas.

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Reports suggest the Arsenal will not take up the first option clause for the midfielder and Manchester City have pulled out of the race, making Chelsea favourites to sign the former Gunner.

Lampard will captain the Three Lions in Wednesday’s friendly against Ecuador and expressed his affection for his club stating that Chelsea is always “in my home and in my heart”.

However in his statement the 35-year-old did not mention Jose Mourinho, who he previously stated as the best manager in the world today.

He went on to comment on club owner Roman Abramovich as: “the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone.”

Lampard also called Chelsea fans the “greatest in world football.”

“You have supported me from the moment I arrived,” he said. “Not only on the pitch, but in difficult moments in my personal life off the pitch. I will never forget.

“I feel honoured to have shared so many special times with you. Bolton, Amsterdam, Munich, the list goes on. We could not have achieved those moments without your support.

“Whatever the next challenge is for me I will always be among you and have Chelsea in my home and in my heart.”


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