Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to swoop should Chelsea decide to move Cesc Fabregas on this summer.
That’s according to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, who has stated the playmaker’s future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt, with new manager Antonio Conte seeking a stronger midfield.
The Spain international is said to have a “good relationship” with Mourinho, having been signed by him for the Blues from Barcelona.
Indeed, when Chelsea decided to part company with their former boss in December after an appalling start to the season, Fabregas was the first player from the club to express his disappointment:
Conte is said to be chasing midfield men such as N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, as he seeks to shore up the soft underbelly Chelsea showed at times last term.
It was a quality Fabregas contributed to at times. The former Arsenal midfielder formed a strong midfield with Nemanja Matic in the 2014-15 campaign, when the Blues strolled to the Premier League title. The same dynamic wasn’t prevalent last term, though, with the Spaniard’s lack of defensive discipline exposed.
Mourinho would often use the 29-year-old in a more advanced position in big games as a result, and as these numbers from Squawka Football show, he’s been a creative force with the Blues:
Fabregas isn’t a stereotypical Mourinho player. When it comes to the midfield, the illustrious coach tends to recruit footballers who can be inventive on the ball and industrious off it. The Spaniard, with his superb passing and wonderful technical quality, excels in the former but fails in the latter.
Mourinho could potentially look to use Fabregas in the No. 10 spot again, although the Red Devils already have Henrikh Mkhitaryan,Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who can fulfil that role. It means that at this moment in time he’d be an indulgence rather than a necessity for United.
Culled from Bleacher report