AC Milan have been heavily linked with a swoop for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, and it appears as though he’s dropped a big hint that he could seek an exit.
Given our injury troubles with Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura emerging as long-term injury concerns, it has decimated our midfield and exposed the lack of quality depth.
Sky Sport Italia note that Lucas Paqueta will officially arrive in a €35m deal in January, but there is still a void to be filled in a deeper, more creative role, which Fabregas is arguably primed to take up.
As noted by Calciomercato, the 31-year-old has been paired with a switch to Milan as his current Chelsea contract is set to expire at the end of the season. Whether it’s a cut-price deal in January or on a free transfer next summer, it appears as though the Spaniard is a genuine option moving forward.
After featuring in the Europa League on Thursday night, he has seemingly dropped his biggest hint yet that an exit could materialise given he’s not happy with his current role under Maurizio Sarri.
“I know what my role is. Unfortunately it’s not the one I want. I’m keeping it professional as usual. I’m always trying to do my best,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“It’s a difficult situation for me, obviously. I’m playing the cups and the Europa League. I don’t give up. I’m not someone who you’ll see complaining or not giving his all because of that. I’ll always be there showing my face when needed and if the time comes the time comes.
“We’ll see what happens. It’s too early to talk about this [contract extension] now.”
Time will tell if Fabregas and Chelsea come to an agreement on an extension, but considering what he brings with his leadership, experience and technical quality, it could be a smart addition to the Milan squad to give us a real boost in the second half of the season in our pursuit of Champions League qualification.