From the Back Pages, June 3: Chelsea ready to make £30m move for Barcelona’s Cesc Fábregas

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Chelsea have emerged as surprise contenders to lure Cesc Fábregas back to the Premier League after Arsenal indicated that they would not be taking up their option to re-sign their former captain from Barcelona. (The Guardian)

Liverpool today confirmed the signing of England striker Rickie Lambert from Southampton for around £4m. (The Independent)

Barcelona are continuing to show an interest in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Manager Arsene Wenger has no desire to sell and Ramsey is happy at The Emirates, where he finished the season with an FA Cup final flourish and winning goal. (Daily Mail)

Roy Keane is considering a shock move to Aston Villa to become manager Paul Lambert’s new assistant. (The Mirror)

European football’s leaders will stage a sit-down protest against Sepp Blatter next week as the clamour for regime change at Fifa intensifies in the wake of fresh corruption allegations against it. (The Telegraph)

FRANK LAMPARD has confirmed he WILL leave Chelsea this summer after his contract at the west London club expired. (The Express)

Pressure was growing today on Fifa to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup after the FA chairman and deputy prime minister called for the bidding process to be re-run if new allegations of corruption are proved. (The Times)