Chelsea have signed former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year deal.

The 27-year-old had been told earlier in the summer that he was surplus to requirements in Spain, leading to speculation he was about to return to the Premier League.

Arsenal had a clause in the deal that took him to the Nou Camp in 2011 to be given the first option to re-sign the player.

But the Gunners decided not to take up that option and Chelsea have secured a deal for Fabregas, who is in Spain’s squad for the World Cup.

"Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years,” said Fabregas.

“It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.