Chelsea are reportedly willing to subsidise Cesc Fabregas’ £160,000-a-week wages in order to appeal to clubs to make their move for him in January.
The 29-year-old has very much been on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s plans so far this season, with the Italian tactician preferring others options in his midfield.
According to The Mirror, West Ham United are keen on taking Fabregas to the London Stadium, and they could be boosted by the fact that Chelsea might be willing to offer them a helping hand when it comes to the Spaniard’s wages by covering part of his £160,000-a-week salary.
However, it’s claimed in the report that the former Arsenal and Barcelona star wants to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge which expires in 2019 and so it could lead to further frustration for both parties.
Nevertheless, it’s added that Conte has already started looking at options to bolster his squad next year, with the likes of Inter midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi emerging on the radar.
Despite his side’s impressive run of form which has seen them win five consecutive Premier League games without conceding a single goal, there is still need for strengthening in certain areas to add quality and depth.
John Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic will see their respective contracts expire at the end of this season, and so with doubts over whether or not they’ll be offered extensions, Conte will have to consider finding long-term replacements for that duo too to fill the gaps that will be left behind.