Despite storming to second in the Premier League – just a point behind leaders Liverpool – after 11 games in charge of Chelsea, Blues boss Antonio Conte clearly hasn’t stopped tinkering with his expensively-assembled squad.
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas hasn’t played since being hauled off 55 minutes into a 3-0 loss away to old club Arsenal in the last week of September, with Conte’s charges winning all five Premier League matches since.
The classy Spain midfielder clearly isn’t seen as the right fit for the former Italy coach, although Fabregas is said to be dismissive of potential January moves to AC Milan, West Ham or the Chinese Premier League.
Should the latest rumour come to pass, the 29-year-old may find his position at Stamford Bridge completely untenable.
The Mirror believes Chelsea are ‘ready to rival Manchester United’ in the race for 24-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, who has started his side’s current campaign in fine form after missing much of last term and Euro 2016 through injury.
Verratti only signed a new five-year deal at Parc des Princes over the summer, although the player’s agent Donato Di Campli stoked the fires of speculation last month when suggesting ‘contracts are made and unmade in three minutes.’
Di Campli also stated his client ‘wants to win something important’ – presumably the Champions League as PSG have locked down Ligue 1 since the former Pescara man signed on in the French capital four years ago.
He clearly won’t come cheap – last year, Di Campli stated that his man is worth at least €100m if Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is worth €80m, although the Belgian’s stellar performances since have left Verratti’s representative with a quantity of egg on his face.