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'Barca will regret Fabregas sale'

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Cesc Fabregas headed to Chelsea?

If the respect of your peers is anything to go by, Cesc Fabregas would surely be the world's most expensive player.

As he appears to be closing in on a £30 million move to Stamford Bridge, prospective Chelsea team-mates and his friends at Barcelona have been falling over themselves to praise him.

The latest to join the clamour is Barcelona winger Pedro, who has admitted he would be disappointed if "complete" midfielder Fabregas, who has struggled to establish himself at the Nou Camp since returning in 2011, left for Chelsea.

Earlier this week, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique appeared to confirm to Spain boss Vicente del Bosque that a deal for Fabregas to leave has been agreed, with a microphone picking up their conversation ahead of a press conference.

Cesc Fabregas is with Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad in Washington, DC © Getty Images
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Pedro, a team-mate for club and country, insists he has not discussed the possible move with Fabregas, but believes it would be a blow to lose such a talented player.

"If in the end he's one of Cesar's [Azpilicueta] team-mates then that's a pity for us," Pedro told Spanish daily newspaper AS. "I haven't spoken to him; he's happy and focused on the World Cup.

"In my opinion he's great in midfield, very complete. If he goes it will be a shame for Barca."

Following Fernando Torres' assertion earlier this week that Chelsea need a "leader" like Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta has also rolled out the welcome met, describing him as a "special" player.

"At the moment there's nothing official and he's a Barca player," said Azpilicueta.

"All I can say is what I already know about him. He's a great central midfielder with plenty of experience in the Premier League. The best players are always welcome at the best clubs.

"In my personal opinion, he's a special player.

"Few teams have this kind of player in their team, a central midfielder who gets forward really well and has great vision of the game, whilst there's also his statistics, which speak for themselves.

"He can adapt to various positions. Right now, we don't have a player like Cesc at Chelsea."

Jose Mourinho has admitted his interest in signing Fabregas - who spent eight years in the Premier League with Arsenal before leaving in 2011 - and says he is following developments closely.

Jose Mourinho has admitted his interest in signing Cesc Fabregas © Getty Images
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