Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offer Cesc Fabregas a new contract amid renewed interest from Manchester United for the Spaniard.
According to a report in The Times, Jose Mourinho is planning another raid on former club Chelsea, having reignited their interest in Cesc Fabregas. The Blues, however, are set to rebuff Manchester United in their pursuit of the Spain international by offering him a new contract.
Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, and has been a key player for the Blues over the last three years. Under Antonio Conte though, the player filtered in and out of the starting eleven last season, starting a mere 13 games in the Premier League.
Nevertheless, Fabregas had a strong record to boast of as he bagged 5 goals and 12 assists to play a major role in Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph. This season, though, his record is slightly sub par, with just a goal and four assists in 16 appearances to show for his efforts.
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Nevertheless, the 30-year-old continues to remain a highly sought-after player in the transfer market, with Manchester United rekindling their interest in him. Jose Mourinho admittedly remains a huge fan of Fabregas’ talents, having previously managed him with much success.
With Michael Carrick fast approaching the end of his glittering career, and with the Manchester United boss struggling with issues pertaining to depth in midfield, Fabregas is not only a viable replacement for the veteran Englishman, but also a genuine solution at the centre of the pitch to boost creativity.
However, Chelsea are eager to keep the Red Devils’ prying hands away from the Spanish midfielder, and are set to offer him a new deal. The duration of the renewal is unclear, although the report suggests that Fabregas would like to sign for a further two years following the 18 months left on his current contract.
But, Chelsea’s general policy regarding players aged 30 or over is that they only put a one-year extension on the table. Nevertheless, as per the report, with Fabregas keen on signing a new deal, Manchester United may have a tough time luring him to Old Trafford, and it remains to be seen if a move sees the light of the day.