Updated: Dec 27, 2018
With Cesc Fabregas on the outskirts of the Chelsea team and his contract running out in the summer, where could the Spanish midfielder move?
Chelsea have enjoyed an unbeaten start to life under new manager Maurizio Sarri and there has been a number of players who have thrived under the management of the popular Italian. With the high pressing style and the quick transitions from front to back this suits the style of many of the players and especially in such a multi-talented midfield. With the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, the on loan Kovacic thriving in the early months, it is hard to see a way back into the first team plans for the popular Cesc Fabregas.
The one time Arsenal captain has been a major player in this Chelsea team since his arrival and has blessed Stamford Bridge with his ability. With the Spanish international on the outskirts of the first team right now, it is hard to see the midfielder looking to remain at the club past his current contract which runs out in the summer of 2019. With no reported contract on the table, could Fabregas leave as early to January to generate a transfer fee as well?
Fabregas has won everything there is to win in the game, he is a World Cup winner, a two time European championship winner, a two time Premier League winner, a La Liga winner, a multi time domestic cup winner in both Spain and England, and yet it has be asked does he get the recognition he actually deserves from the fans of English football.
This is a player who is second in the all time Premier League assist charts, only Ryan Giggs has beaten the tally of 111.
His football brain and technical ability is one of the best, if not the best we have seen in the English game, yet there is still is the critics out there for his work rate and his lack of work, in the center of the pitch.
Fabregas has adjusted his game, especially now as he is 31 years old, however still has a few more years at the top level. The Spanish play-maker can easily still play at the top level and would seamlessly get into the top clubs in European football still.
From playing in the ‘false number nine’ role for Barcelona and at times for Spain, and in further advanced roles, Fabregas is now more a deep lying play-maker, a role similar of the great Andrea Pirlo. Obviously Fabregas is on top money at Chelsea and to make a move elsewhere he would be a player that would still generate fairly high wages, but the rewards from this would be very beneficial to many clubs.
So where is next in the great career of Cesc Fabregas? Might he stay in England or could he return to Spain? There will be many options available to the clever Chelsea midfielder.
#5 Athletico Madrid
Fabregas has played against Athletico many times.
The Spanish giants, would be a fantastic option for Fabregas at this stage of his career. Working with the dynamic and charismatic Diego Simeone would be a great platform for both manager and player. To have a player with the success and quality of Fabregas within the first team, Athletico would push Barcelona and Real Madrid as close as they have been since the Argentine manager arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano.
As recently as October this year the Spanish giants were linked with making a move in January to acquire the services as Fabregas.
Obviously the opportunity to play regularly is what Fabregas is looking for at this stage of his career and a move back to his home country could certainly increase his potential chance to add to his 110 appearances for his National team.
Fabregas would get into the current Athletico Madrid midfield despite the quality of midfielders at the disposal of Simeone, none of the options he has quite has the range of passing and vision that Fabregas has. A move to the Spanish capital might be a serious option in the career of Cesc Fabregas.
#4 AC Milan
Speculation has surrounded the future of Gattuso since appointed the manager of AC Milan
A move to Italy might be the right move at this time for Fabregas. With the league more technical and tactical, this would be the best platform available to the former Barcelona man to showcase his ability. Since the early season the Rossoneri have been linked with bringing Fabregas to the San Siro.
Whether AC Milan made a move in January or waited until the summer, would be very interesting to see, and with the media circulating over the future of current manager Gennaro Gattuso constantly it is hard to figure when a move to the Italian giants would be best for Fabregas. With Milan currently 5th in the Serie A they are already 13 points adrift of leaders Juventus, however the possibility of a return to the Champions League would remain possible.
If the club could pull off a major coup in January and sign deep lying play-maker Fabregas this would almost certainly see them in the strongest position in years for a return to the European elite.
Linking Fabregas up alongside the powerful and energetic Frank Kessie would be a similar partnership that he struck with Kante at Chelsea, if Milan moved forward with a 3 man midfield and linked Bonaventura joining the front from a central position or Hakan Çalhanoğlu, this would be a formidable midfield trio.
Italy would be a fantastic opportunity for Fabregas, and with Inter Milan and Napoli both being mentioned previously in acquiring the services of the World Cup winner, the Serie A could add immense quality to the league further.
Fabregas playing against the quality Marco Verratti.
The mega rich French club have aspirations to be the best club in Europe, they are dominating the league in France, but in terms of the Champions League they are forever falling short. Adding a Cesc Fabregas to this current group would be a great move for the club, and lets face it, financially they could certainly work a deal to get the serial medal winner to the Parc des Princes stadium.
For Fabregas this would be a great move, when you consider the players around him to work with and the system and style of play, he would slot straight into the side, his experience on the big European nights would add an extra quality to the side and to have pace and flair in the form of Kylian MBappe and Neymar, the amount of assists that would follow the Spanish midfielder would increase significantly.
Fabregas going into a midfield trio alongside their main man Marco Verratti and now defensive midfielder Marquinhos, or a Di Maria, or Adrien Rabiot should he stay would push the French giants to get further closer to their long term goal which ultimately is to win the most prestigious trophy in European football, the UEFA Champions League.
A move to France has not been linked for Fabregas at this stage, however should the Chelsea midfielder be a free signing in the summer, this would prove to be great business should PSG make the move.
Fabregas made his Arsenal debut at 16 years of age.
After spending eight seasons in North London with Arsenal, could Fabregas make a return to the club who provided him with the breakthrough to first team football? Reports have linked the popular midfielder with a return to North London and Fabregas has not ruled this out himself.
This move would be great for both the club and the player. Current Arsenal manager Unai Emery would do a lot worse than prize the Premier League winner with Chelsea, back to the Emirates. Linking his quality alongside the tenacious and energetic Lucas Torreira would be a central midfield partnership Arsenal fans have been looking for, since the days of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.
The passing quality and the ability to take the ball in any circumstances would be a massive plus for Arsenal, linking the technical brains of current Arsenal man Mezut Ozil with Cesc Fabregas would be a mouth watering prospect in terms of attacking flair and the ability to cut open opposition defenses.
The wages that Fabregas would command would ultimately be the big drawback on a return to the club, where the fans adored him. However with Aaron Ramsey all set to leave there is a position, a role and an increase in quality should Arsenal try and lure the Spanish international back to the club.
This move would be great for English football, keeping Fabregas in the Premier League and also to move Arsenal back to competing at the top level of the table. This would be a popular move and one that could very easily move forward, most likely come the end of Fabregas’s current deal at Stamford Bridge.
#1 Manchester United
Fabregas was integral to Chelsea winning the league when Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge
A move to Manchester United to link up with the man who brought him back to the Premier League might just be the perfect move for Fabregas and Manchester United. There has been some speculation surrounding Fabregas and a move a to Old Trafford especially considering how important a role he played while at Stamford Bridge under current Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho.
Man Utd need to add quality to their central positions that is no secret, and to get Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford, at this stage would have to be considered a major coup. He would bring so much more than what the current crop of midfielders at the club, and would actually be able to control a game from that area.
The criticism of Fabregas over the last couple of seasons has been that he does not have the legs to play a high pressing, high tempo game a style that Jose Mourinho insists not to play anyway. The option to play Fabregas alongside World cup winner Paul Pogba and perhaps Fred or previous team-mate Nemanja Matic would add so much extra quality for this current Mourinho team.
Fabregas would be a massive benefit to the Manchester United attackers creating chances and opening up defenses, with his quality of passing. A move to Old Trafford would not hurt the club financially and would certainly bring more positives than what we have seen so far this season under Mourinho.
Manchester United should consider a move in January to lure the midfielder to Old Trafford to help boost there chances of a top four finish. If the club waits till Fabregas is a free agent they might not be in the position of Champions League football, and furthermore would they have the lure of Jose Mourinho to help make the move?
For English football they must hope that one of the big five clubs can sanction a move to keep Fabregas playing in the Premier League, he will not be short of options once January comes and clubs from across Europe can attempt to sign the serial winning midfielder.