The notion of Chelsea’s misfit midfielder completing a move to the San Siro has been rife in both the Italian and British press since the end of the summer transfer window. Indeed, Sky Sports reported on a failed Rossoneri approach in late August, whilst CalcioMercatoWeb have more recently suggested a swap deal involving highly-rated Italy defender Mattia De Sciglio.
The Express are now claiming AC Milan officials travelled to London last weekend to watch Chelsea thump Leicester City 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Fabregas didn’t feature at all due to injury, but that didn’t stop the Italian outfit making another enquiry – ahead of a ‘planned January bid’.
At this point, we certainly wouldn’t rule one out. Reports have been consistent in documenting AC Milan’s interest in recent months and it’s abundantly clear the Spain international isn’t a crucial figure in Antonio Conte’s plans. It seemed more than likely the Italian would wait until the end of the season until dispensing Fabregas, but there’s even less chance of him playing in Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation (which requires two box-to-box midfielders) so he might be allowed to leave if the right offer comes along – especially if the Blues have fallen behind the pack in the Premier League title race.
Furthermore, Goal reported on Conte’s ‘personal interest’ in Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj last week. Perhaps he’s being lined up as a direct replacement for Fabregas, although Goal admitted a January swoop for the Croatian midfielder was unlikely.
On the other hand, Fabregas’ wife recently took to Twitter to deny rumours of a mid-season move to Serie A.