Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly set to follow Oscar to China with Guangzhou Evergrande ready to launch a £40m bid for the Spaniard.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona ace has continued to fight for his place under Antonio Conte so far this season, and scored the winning goal at Sunderland in midweek to prove his worth.
However, according to The Daily Mail, despite the fact that he wishes to stay at Stamford Bridge and that Chelsea aren’t interested in selling him in January, a £40m move in the summer to China could be possible.
The 29-year-old could join Oscar at Guangzhou, with the Brazilian playmaker linked with a stunning £52m switch in January this week with former Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari looking to splash out and strengthen his squad significantly.
It’s claimed that Oscar could be set to earn £400,000-a-week in the money spinning deal, as per the report, and so Fabregas can expect a similarly lucrative deal himself.
The Spanish international is contracted to Chelsea until 2019 and despite his recent improved form, he has still only featured in seven Premier League games so far this season and is clearly not at the forefront of Conte’s plans.
In turn, a big-money move to China to join Oscar, and with John Terry also linked with a move to the club when his contract expires at the end of the season according to the Mail, it could sway the midfielder to consider the offer and cash in.
From Chelsea’s perspective, it could be a perfect scenario for Conte to receive major transfer funds for two players that have been on the periphery of things so far this season and so it remains to be seen whether or not Fabregas and Oscar become the latest big-name players in Europe to make the switch to China.