Chelsea have deals for Nicolo Barella and Leandro Paredes in place as Fabregas leaves – Mirror Online
Cesc Fabregas last night completed his move to Monaco – and it’ll lead to a transfer merry-go-round.
Chelsea have deals for Zenit’s £30m Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s £40m Nicolo Barella lined up to replace Fabregas and are deciding which to press ahead with.
But Italian sources claim Barella is reluctant to leave Cagliari mid-season, putting Argentinian Paredes in pole position.
While Chelsea were only prepared to hand Fabregas a one-year extension after four-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, in keeping with their policy for players over-30, he has joined Monaco until 2022, linking up with his former teammate Thierry Henry in France in a deal worth up to £10m.
Chelsea have also been offered hope in their pursuit of boss Maurizio Sarri’s first choice striker target Gonzalo Higuain, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus .
Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso refused to rule out Higuain’s exit, saying: “I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see.”
Fabregas left to join Monaco in a £10million deal on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The Blues confirmed the transfer in a statement on Friday afternoon.
It read: “Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco.
“The midfielder’s switch to the Ligue 1 club brings the curtain down on his four-and-a-half year Chelsea career, a period in which he won four major trophies, including two Premier League titles.
“The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals.
“We thank Cesc for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the next chapter in what has been a fantastic career.”