AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea in January, but it’s seemingly going to cost the Rossoneri despite his expiring contract.
The 31-year-old will see his current deal run down at the end of the season while he has struggled to establish himself as a key figure under Maurizio Sarri this year, making just 10 appearances in all competitions.
With that in mind, it looks likely that he’ll move on from Stamford Bridge, but it remains to be seen if that’s in January in a cut-price deal or on a free transfer in the summer.
Given our current injury problems in midfield with Lucas Biglia sidelined until next year while Giacomo Bonaventura isn’t expected back until next season, if Fabregas is our top target, then perhaps a move in January makes more sense to give us a boost in our pursuit of a top-four finish.
Figures behind Fabregas-January move
However, as noted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, it’s not going to be cheap if Chelsea get their way as it’s claimed that they’re demanding €10m to sell Fabregas in January, while the Spaniard will request wages of €5m-a-season until 2021.
In turn, considering the ongoing FFP issues that we’re facing, it’s no surprise that it’s added that negotiations are continuing to lower those figures.
Provided that we can secure a sensible deal financially, adding a player with the experience, leadership and quality that Fabregas possesses will surely improve the squad.
Bakayoko wants permanent stay
Meanwhile, it’s added by GdS that Bakayoko is moving towards securing a permanent move to join the Rossoneri, a move that he wants too, but talks will be held over lowering the €35m right to buy fee.
The 24-year-old has turned his loan spell around in recent weeks, putting a difficult settling-in period behind him to emerge as a key figure in our midfield.
Perhaps it would be sensible to wait to see if he can maintain this level consistently for the rest of the season before taking a decision on his future, but given the impact he’s now making having settled and secured regular playing time, it could be an important long-term addition.