Will Chelsea allow Fabregas to leave?
Despite scoring Chelsea's only goal in their recent 1-0 win over Sunderland, Cesc Fabregas continues to be linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge. The Spanish international midfielder has not appeared to be new boss Antonio Conte's first choice this season with the Italian seemingly preferring Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante as his midfield duo.
In recent weeks however the 29-year-old has featured more due to the absence of Matic through injury but he continues to be linked with a January transfer away from Chelsea with a move to Italy as one of the potential options. Both Roma and Juventus have been linked with a move for the former Arsenal and Barcelona man with Juventus able to offer the lure of Champions League football. For the Old Lady to be Fabregas' next club you can currently get odds of 6/4 with Coral whilst Paddy Power have it at 8/1 that he makes the move to Roma during the January transfer window.
West Ham have also been linked with a move for Fabregas and could offer him the chance to remain in London with guaranteed first-team football. A move to East London was mooted in November when it appeared as though he had been completely frozen out at Chelsea. A loan-move was seen as a potential option for Fabregas to join up with Slaven Bilic's side but as he has now returned to the fold at Stamford Bridge, it would appear unlikely Chelsea would sanction such a move. Paddy Power however have clearly not subscribed to this notion and the fact they offer odds of just 6/4 that Fabregas makes the move to the Hammers before the end of February suggest they believe the deal could happen.
Another potential destination for Fabregas could be a lucrative move to China. His Chelsea teammate Oscar looks poised to make a huge £52 million move to Shanghai SIPG with wages worth a staggering £400,000 per week and there are now reports suggesting that Cesc could follow his teammate to the Far East. Guangzhou Evergrande has been touted as a possible destination where former Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari is the manager. No bookies have as yet released any odds on Fabregas making the move to China but any further developments are well worht keeping your eye on.
There is of course every chance that Fabregas will remain at Chelsea come the end of January. In recent weeks he has found himself back in the first team fold and with Oscar seemingly on his way, would Antonio Conte really be prepared to let another of his central midfield players depart mid-season? It certainly seems unlikely to us and this is reflected by Skybet's odds of just 1/8 that remains at Stamford Bridge come the end of January.
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