Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has endured a miserable season, but reports in the Italian press claim two Serie A sides are ready to offer him an escape route from Stamford Bridge.
According to sports publication Corriere dello Sport, Juventus and Inter Milan are ready to battle it out in a bid to lure the former Arsenal captain to Italy.
Fabregas, along with team-mates Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, have been targeted by Chelsea fans, who felt that the trio were one of the big reasons why Jose Mourinho was fired.
Fabregas was brilliant in the first half of last season as he led the league in assists as Chelsea laid the foundation for their title win. At this time last season Fabregas had already registered 13 assists and was averaging a WhoScored rating of nearly 8 (7.91).
But since the beginning of the year his form has dropped considerably and he has only laid on two assists this season with an average rating below 7 (6.86).
The Spanish international was even accused by Pat Nevin of saying he would ‘rather lose than win’ for Mourinho, although the former Blues player later apologised for the allegation.
If Chelsea are to overhaul their squad over the next two transfer windows, players have to be moved on and the 28-year-old Fabregas still has value in many people’s eyes, despite his lack of form. Hence the interest from Serie A.
Juventus lost a number of key players in the summer and with Paul Pogba constantly linked with a move to Spain, Fabregas could prove a worthy addition if he can rekindle his form.
A new and improved Inter Milan may need to prepare for Champions League football next season, with Roberto Mancini’s side currently top of the league.