It’s been a relatively quiet January transfer window for most of the big clubs, and it looks like Chelsea won’t be involved in a last minute shocker this time around.

There were some outrageous reports doing the rounds as the transfer deadline fast approaches. West Ham United fan site KUMB reported that the Hammers had launched a late move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

It would have been the perfect signing by West Ham, after their star midfielder Dimitri Payet left for Marseille earlier in the window. The £25 million received from the sale of the Frenchman could have been used to fund the transfer and may have been enough to persuade Chelsea, if not the player himself, to consider a move.

However, the move has been dismissed as swiftly as it emerged, with Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol confirming that there was no chance Fabregas was joining West Ham.

The tweet seems to suggest that a move to Italy could well be on the cards, albeit in the summer. This is hardly surprising considering the fact that Fabregas has long been linked with a move to the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates after Willian (not pictured) scores his sides first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Brentford at Stamford Bridge on January 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates after Willian (not pictured) scores his sides first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Brentford at Stamford Bridge on January 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Cesc Fabregas used to be one of the most coveted midfielders in the Premier League, but his stock has fallen dramatically over the past couple of seasons.

The 29-year-old has been a fringe figure at Chelsea, especially under new manager Antonio Conte. The Spaniard has started just nine games for the Blues this season, still managing to rack up six assists and three goals.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona man is still a class act, but it looks like he’ll have to take the show elsewhere. A January deal now looks impossible, but the summer move to Italy could be promising.

The two Milan giants are on the rise again and could do with a player like Fabregas to get them back on their way. Juventus too have made a habit of resurrecting players who have been outcast by their previous clubs, and the 29-year-old could just be the latest one to rise again in Turin.

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