Intrepid midfielder Cesc Fabregas has spent two terrific stints in London, but may be leaving in January.
Fabregas, 29, spent 2003-11 with Arsenal and has been with Chelsea since 2014, but a lack of playing time under Antonio Conte will have him leaving the Blues in January according to Matt Hughes of The Times.
The midfielder won the Premier League for Chelsea and was one of its most influential players during the 2014-15 season, but has played just 87 minutes in the PL this season. He’s featured in a pair of EFL Cup games, posting two goals and an assist.
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Should he be available, a wide swath of teams will be interested in his services. He’s a hero in Spain, having won the World Cup and a pair of EURO titles.
But he has not won a Champions League title, famously finishing second with Arsenal in 2006, and he could chase that title on loan since he has not been Cup tied this year. Napoli, Bayern, Atletico, PSG, Dortmund… players like Fabregas aren’t often available and not Cup tied in January.
Fabregas has been tipped as a potential Serie A star with Juventus, Roma, or AC Milan amongst others, and it’s easy to see his silky skill set transitioning into Italy. He’s also been linked with Real Madrid as recently as this summer.
Or could Conte want to wreak havoc on his Premier League opposition by loaning Fabregas inside England. We saw Jack Wilshere loaned from Arsenal to Bournemouth; What if Fabregas wants to stay in London for half a year, and Palace wants to make a splash?
There’s also a goofy part of us that wants to see him sign for any team with a ‘D’ after spending time with Arsenal, Barcelona, and Chelsea. FC Dallas or DC United are okay with us. He’d fit in fine.
It’s getting late. Forgive us.