Juventus’ Paul Pogba-shaped hole in their squad has led them once again to Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.
Although their primary target in West London is combative midfielder Nemanja Matic, publication Tuttosport have claimed that Blues manager Antonio Conte has offered Cesc Fabregas to the Serie A champions in an effort to ward them off the Serbian international.
Conte’s proposed new 4-2-4 formation at Chelsea, assuming that is what he goes with, will almost certainly put the future of Fabregas (and, indeed, Oscar who has been linked with a move to Inter) into doubt.
Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio could be out of action until the new year, and it is believed to be that, rather than the loss of Pogba to Manchester United, that will force Max Allegri into the transfer market. Miralem Pjanic arrived from Roma earlier in the summer but Allegri currently does not have the luxury of being able to rotate his squad for certain games.
A number of midfielders have been linked with the Italian giants, namely the likes of Matic, Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Axel Witsel, Marcelo Brozovic and Luiz Gustavo. To that end, it is not known whether or not they would even be interested in Fabregas, especially for the €45m fee being touted.
Indeed, the same Italian report suggests that they would rather return from England, assuming they can’t get Matic, with Manchester United’s Ander Herrera. The 26-year-old Spaniard faces something of an uncertain future at Old Trafford, even more so now with the £89m arrival of Pogba last week, and manager José Mourinho could be open to offers as he looks to streamline his new squad ahead of the new season.
There does not appear to be much of a chance of Fabregas going to Juve, truth be told. Even if they have been offered the chance to sign the Spanish international, they don’t seem to have much interest in doing so.
Expect the Bianconeri to recruit a midfielder before the end of the transfer window, but don’t expect it to be Cesc.