Chelsea are trying to structure a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas that would lead to Arsenal missing out on any payment for their former midfielder.

Although Arsenal have so far passed up the opportunity to re-sign Fabregas, they are due around 50 per cent of any profit Barcelona make on the Spaniard.

Chelsea have opened negotiations with Barcelona over signing Fabregas, but would prefer not to end up effectively paying their Premier League rivals Arsenal a percentage of the fee.

The issue is not a deal-breaker and there is hope that progress could be made on a deal this week. But it once again highlights the fact that Chelsea view FA Cup winners Arsenal as direct rivals.

Fabregas signed for Barcelona in a complicated deal in 2011 through which the Spanish club paid Arsenal an initial £25.4 million, with the player contributing to the Gunners £880,000 each year of his contract.