One of the Premier League’s all-time top assisters, Cesc Fabregas has developed a reputation as one of the most reliable players in the English top flight throughout his career. However, he has struggled to earn a regular place in the side under Antonio Conte this season and with summer additions likely, could find his place at Stamford Bridge under threat.
The Express report that both Liverpool and Manchester United are mulling over a £30 million move for the World Cup winner, with AC Milan and Inter Milan also interested in the midfielder who turns 30 on Thursday. With two years left on his £170,000 per week contract, Chelsea could be open to the idea of selling a player who has only made 10 starts in the Premier League this season.
Few would have expected to see Liverpool linked with a player nearing the latter stages of his career given the Fenway Sports Group model of only signing younger players with a greater resale value. Whilst they have made exceptions, they have generally been for bargain buys like James Milner on a free transfer or Rickie Lambert for just £4 million. At £30 million, Fabregas would not fit in there.
However, he would be the perfect addition to Liverpool’s midfield with huge quality. Likely to play the role of the creative midfielder in the mould of Georginio Wijnaldum this season, Fabregas has proven his quality and ability to create opportunities which would be a valuable addition to the Liverpool side.
It’s not clear how the relationship was between Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas when the now United manager was sacked at Stamford Bridge, but the former Barcelona star was one of several players who failed to perform towards the end of his reign. That said, Fabregas would arguably be the perfect addition to the United midfield.
Likely to be forced to play a deeper role than he may have previously been accustomed to given that Paul Pogba has priority in a more advanced position, Fabregas could slot in alongside Ander Herrera in the middle of the park and look to dictate the tempo of the game from deep. The Red Devils have struggled for creativity at times this season, particularly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Fabregas would be a reliable way to create opportunities with a player that Mourinho knows and trusts.
Fabregas would fit in well at either side, but Manchester United would be far more likely to splash the cash and spend £30 million on a player entering into the latter stage of his career. Whilst his experience could prove pivotal for a young side like Liverpool, signing him would fly in the face of both Liverpool and Klopp’s transfer policies. With United desperate for more creativity in midfield, it may not be such a surprise if Fabregas ends up plying his trade at Old Trafford come September.
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