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£30m Chelsea misfit not in talks over exit but swap deal could be option in summer

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not in talks with Roma over a switch to the Italian capital in the January transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

As noted by The Mirror, it had been claimed that the Giallorossi were willing to include either Radja Nainggolan or Antonio Rudiger into a swap deal for Fabregas, with both men previously linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Despite making pivotal contributions this season, the former Arsenal and Barcelona man is still struggling to break into Antonio Conte’s starting line-up and in turn could be forced to consider his options.

However, according to Sky Sports via Sky Italy, a move to Roma has been ruled out for now as they claim that no negotiations have taken place between the two clubs over a swap deal or otherwise.

It’s added that neither Nainggolan nor Rudiger will be leaving the club in January, and so any possible deal will have to wait until the summer, if both clubs are indeed keen on agreeing a switch.

Fabregas was signed by Chelsea for a fee in the region of £30m, as per BBC Sport, in 2014, and made a significant impact on his arrival by helping the club win the title in his first season with them.

His form dipped last season though as the Blues struggled, and he has since been unable to convince Conte that he deserves to break up the midfield partnership of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic on a more regular basis.

Having started against Manchester City earlier this month, there would have been some hope that a breakthrough had been made. However, the 29-year-old returned to the bench at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion, and speculation continues to link him with a move elsewhere.

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