Should Chelsea Cash In On Cesc Fabregas This January?

Cesc Fabregas has had a very successful career. The Spaniard has won various trophies with Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Chelsea and the Spanish national team.

The thirty-one year old is now a veteran at Chelsea but the end could be nigh for him at Stamford Bridge with the World Cup winner’s contract coming to an end next summer.

Reports suggest that Serie A giants AC Milan could be chasing the Spaniard’s signature come the start of 2019. Fellow Milanese club Inter have also been linked with the midfielder.

While I don’t doubt that new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri rates Cesc as a player, he’s that kind of smart midfielder that is great with the ball at his feet that would take Sarri’s eye, I also think Chelsea could afford to sell the former Barca man in January, instead of letting him go on a free next summer.

Fabregas has yet to play first team football for Chelsea this term as he’s been suffering from a persistent knee problem since the end this summer’s preseason.

In the meantime Jorginho has instantly settled into life as the Blues deep lying playmaker, N’Golo Kante has been given more license to roam forward and as ever he’s giving his all for his team’s cause and Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water.

So it’s going to be difficult for Cesc to break back into the team.

You’ve also got hungry, younger midfielders like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley itching to get into Sarri’s starting eleven. Both are England internationals and will be determined to show that they are worthy starters and that they can come in and influence games.

Maurizio also has two great ball playing defenders in David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu that could seamlessly fill-in further forward if required.

Danny Drinkwater is another middle-man that can play in the same position as Fabregas but it seems as though he’s even further down the pecking order, as Danny was omitted from Sarri’s Europa League squad. Unless something dramatically happens then I’d expect Drinkwater to be off during the winter transfer window.

Even if that were to happen, I think Chelsea could lose Fabregas and have enough to challenge for a top four spot.

It might depend on whether or not Sarri still believes his side can challenge for the Premier League title come January and what his ambitions are for the Europa League. The Italian may want to keep hold of an experienced head like Cesc’s if he thinks he can be a difference maker come the run in.

Personally I believe they can let the Spaniard go and get a few million for him and that might be better for the player himself but it will all depend on Maurizio Sarri and what he wants after the hectic Christmas period.

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