Chelsea: Spaniard set for loan exit; chase for Celtic striker; PSG forward linked
The Times claim that Chelsea are so desperate to get rid of midfielder Cesc Fabregas that they are prepared to pay a portion of his wages to force through a loan move in January, with AC Milan expected to come back in with a renewed offer after making an approach on deadline day only for there to be a disagreement over whether Chelsea would pay a part of his £160,000 per week wages.
It will be the first time that the club have subsidised a loan move since Fernando Torres moved to the San Siro three years ago as the club look to shift their third highest earner in order to allow Antonio Conte to bring in another midfielder who is a better fit to his system. Conte and his staff have been impressed by Fabregas’ attitude and professionalism but are convinced that he cannot adapt to Conte’s style.
A potential incoming which could benefit from those freshly available wages would be Celtic striker Moussa Dembele as the Mirror claim that Chelsea are set to fight with Manchester United and Manchester City in the chase for the 20-year-old who has scored 15 in 22 games already this season.
Celtic are reluctant to sell their star striker, who signed a four year deal when he joined for a £2.5 million from Fulham in the summer, but there is growing interest in the Frenchman from across Europe. The Blues are known to be looking for another striker, and Dembele’s pace and strength could fit Conte’s new set-up well but it seems unlikely that the club will be able to pull off a move any time in the near future.
Another attacking player who could be on his way to Stamford Bridge could be Javier Pastore as Tutto Mercato Web claim that Chelsea have entered into talks with the PSG left winger, amid other interest from Juventus. The Argentinean has been out with a calf injury but has fallen out with Unai Emery in Paris after very little first team football before picking up an injury.
An exit for Pastore seems likely and he would fit in well in London, but Conte already has a wealth of options available to him. The club would be reluctant to add another played in that position with so many players already in the squad unless European football is almost guaranteed as the disadvantages of having a large squad with no European football to force rotations are already on show this campaign.
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