According to the Express, Chelsea could be set to lose Cesc Fabregas in January, with Inter Milan and AC Milan both thought to be interested in the Spaniard’s signature.
The creative midfielder joined the Blues in the summer of 2014, bringing to an end a trophy-laden three-year spell with his boyhood club Barcelona.
In his first campaign at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas won his first Premier League title. Two seasons later he was once again a key part in the London club’s title triumph.
The 31-year-old is now in the final year of his current contract with Chelsea and could be set for pastures new as soon as January, with the aforementioned Serie A giants circling. However, Maurizio Sarri would be making a huge mistake in allowing the former World Cup winner to leave so soon into his tenure.
Fabregas can still play a role at Chelsea. His creativity, inventiveness and goal threat could all prove key in breaking down resolute opposition defences. Sarri would be losing a potent weapon from his arsenal in allowing Fabregas to depart.
What’s more, with the former Arsenal man set to leave as a free agent in the summer or for a cut-price fee in January, Chelsea stand to miss out on a fair chunk of the playmaker’s £27m Transfermarkt valuation.
Chelsea already have plenty of deadwood they need to shift permanently from their midfield contingent, with the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Marco van Ginkel and Tiemoue Bakayoko all still on the club’s books. The Blues should focus on cutting loose the midfielders they really don’t need, Fabregas however can still provide valuable, quality squad depth, and should be retained for that purpose.