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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea was knocked out early of the League Cup by London rivals West Ham, but they had a decent end to the week with a commanding 2-0 victory against the Saints in the League at the weekend.
Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were enough for Chelsea to steal all three points on the night as they managed to break into the top-4 after 10 games.
There are a number of star players at the club that are unable to get any game time under their belt and it is clear that Conte will make a few changes to the squad in the January transfer window.
The likes of Branislav Ivanovic are linked with a move away from the club in January but one player who is now set to leave the club for sure is Spanish international Cesc Fabregas.
Having won almost every elite competition in Europe from Spain and England, Fabregas is one of the best midfielders in the world at the moment. At 29, he has quite a few years left in his career but the Chelsea manager has for some odd reason, decided to get rid of the player even before the season started.
Conte was ready to offer Fabregas to a couple of clubs as a part of the deal for top transfer targets but was not able to find a suitor for the midfielder.
That has seen him stay at the club for another year and though he has been impressive in the few outings he got this season, it looks like Antonio Conte has no place for him in his squad.
Recent reports suggest that Chelsea is now putting Fabregas on the market for a loan move in January. It is also understood that the Blues are desperate enough to subsidize a part of his wages to allow teams to afford him in January.
Fabregas earns £160,000 a week making him the third highest earner at the club and still has two and half years left on his contract at the Bridge.
So it is clear that Chelsea can get rid of Fabregas only on a loan deal and are ready to make him the 39th player to go out on loan from the club this season.
Though his wages might scare some teams away, Fabregas still has a lot of football to offer and there will be many teams who will be pondering over a move for the midfielder.
Reports also suggest that the 29-year old held talks with the Milan clubs over a move in January so it looks like his days in the Premier League are all but over after the turn of the year.
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