Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly primed to offload midfielder Cesc Fabregas on loan to reduce their weekly payroll
According to Matt Hughes of the Times, Chelsea are keen to loan out Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas due to his unjustifiable wage rate at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old is reportedly unsettled at the London side and has also drawn interest from a number of top European clubs in the past few months.
Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea spelled danger for Fabregas’ prospects at the club. After being a ray of hope in the Blues’ 2014/15 title winning campaign, the Spaniard seemed to lift his foot off the pedal last season.
His below-par performances at the European Championships saw Conte lose his faith in the midfielder. In the Premier League this season, the Italian has placed N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Oscar ahead of Fabregas in the pecking order.
Chelsea began the season playing in a 4-1-4-1 formation, and Conte opted to pick a midfield system comprising of the aforementioned trio, restricting Fabregas to cameos off the bench.
In fact, the 29-year-old had to wait until the seventh gameweek to make his first start of the season where he played 54 minutes against Arsenal before being substituted for Marcos Alonso.
That change actually perpetuated the beginning of a three-man defence for Conte, and is side has since, not conceded a single goal in the Premier League. Matic and Kante are doing a more than decent job in midfield, leaving Fabregas as an outcast on the substitutes bench.
According to Total Sportek, Fabregas is on a £156,000 per-week deal at Stamford Bridge and still has two and a half years to see out on his contract. But with him now playing the role of a fringe player, it makes little sense to match his high wage rate without getting the best out of him.
Serie A side Inter Milan have been in the hunt for the player for a number of months and will be looking to snap up the player with the first chance that they get. But they will face stiff competition from Manchester City who are also plotting a move for the player.
Turkish giants Fenerbahce are known to have a penchant for signing Premier League rejects, and have shown a keen interest in Chelsea’s wantaway midfielder.