There have been numerous reports linking Cesc Fabregas with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge. It’s clear Antonio Conte has no plans on utilizing the Spaniard, but should Chelsea loan out the midfielder or sell him in January?
At this point, both parties would be better off if Fabregas is sold during the transfer window. The problem is a team will need to value the midfielder enough to meet Chelsea’s valuation and Fabregas’s wage demands.
The 29-year-old midfielder is still among the best in the world at his position, but he’s making £160,000/week right now and he hasn’t featured since September. He’s still injured with a quad injury.
Rumours have been swirling in the news stating that Juventus will likely jump in on the Fabregas sweepstake’s.
It has also been reported that Chelsea are keen to pay some of the midfielders wages and move on. Conte is expected to have a busy transfer window in January and he’d love to have Fabregas’s wages off of the books.
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While Fabregas is still fit enough to produce, losing him won’t be felt by Chelsea. He hasn’t been getting many minutes since Conte joined the club and Conte is expected to add a top-tier midfielder this January.
A midfielder would be great, but the Blues already have a lot of midfield depth. Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante are great defensive midfielders, while Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Willian, Pedro and Oscar offer plenty of depth.
A month ago it looked like Chelsea really needed defenders if they want to push for the league title this campaign, things have changed now after five Premier League clean sheets in a row.
David Luiz is starting to settle in with the club, but Branislav Ivanovic has been struggling to find playing time and he appears to be past his prime at this point.
Ivanovic stated last week that he expects to remain with the club until the summer transfer window, at which point he will look at this options. He likely won’t be with Chelsea by this time next year.
Conte has to ensure he has a great transfer window, but even before that, he has to keep winning. Chelsea have now won five league matches in a row and they’ve jumped into 2nd in the table with 25 points.
Manchester City, Arsenal are on 24 points and Liverpool find themselves to on 26 points. The top of the table is extremely tight and no team can afford making mistakes. Chelsea don’t have any European football to play this campaign. That means they should be fresh down the stretch in April and May. They just need to stick with the table leaders right now.
The next few months are going to be exciting if you’re a Chelsea fan, but based on recent reports, it’s clear that the Blues will make a push for the title without Fabregas. He has fallen out of favour with Conte and will be moved.