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Will Cesc Fabregas Leave Chelsea?

It could well be only a matter of time before Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea agree it is time for him to move on to another club. His lack of game time and the fact that his skills seemingly do not meet Conte’s preferred requirements suggest a possible departure regardless of the fact that he is still under contract with Chelsea until 2019. While both the club and player have tried to dismiss rumours regarding a possible move, things seem to be getting more and more serious. The Spaniard was given the chance in Conte’s first team a while back but failed to impress and was substituted half way through the game. Fabregas also picked up a thigh problem which did not help his chances of becoming a team regular. According to Metro, Chelsea will not have a hard time finding a new destination for the midfielder who surely has the ability to become a main figure at several big clubs across Europe. The big question right now is how will Chelsea benefit from the Spaniard’s move.

The idea is to use Fabregas as a part of a trade to bring in a player Conte considers suited to his system of play at Stamford Bridge. We’ve already talked about the possibility of seeing the Spaniard joining PSG which without a doubt is the team with the biggest profile, the biggest budget and the biggest need for a creative midfielder. Conte could push for a swap that would bring Marco Verratti to London but it remains to be seen if the French side agrees to part ways with one of their best players in order to sign Fabregas.

Aside from PSG, Fabregas could also be an interesting target for AS Roma who are now second in the Italian League and who are looking like the strongest adversary Juventus will have for this season’s Serie A title. They currently do not have a replacement for Miralem Pjanić who has been the team’s creative force. Chelsea could push for a trade that would include Antonio Rudiger or Kostas Manolas.

Even with rumors saying that a number of major clubs in Europe are interested in Fabregas, it’s hard to imagine some particular moves being possible. Spain is likely out of the question for the 29-year-old who will not play for Atletico nor Real after declaring his love for Barcelona. Then there’s the Premier League where there’s City and United who could be marginally tempted to negotiate with Chelsea. Even so, City has Guardiola and United has Mourinho, two managers who already have numerous midfield options. Then there is Serie A where the only teams with title aspirations aside from Roma are Juventus and Napoli. Both have their midfield covered and have no need for a new player even if it would be a loan. It remains to be seen where the Spaniard will end up if he does indeed move but it seems that there are two main destinations to consider: Serie A and Ligue 1.

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