Manchester United are clearly in need of inspiration at the moment and could Cesc Fabregas be the man to provide that?
The optimism surrounding Manchester United after the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager this summer has quickly faded and following a very difficult start to the season, the Red Devils look like they might even struggle to finish in the top four.
While it is still very early days into the season, United’s squad looks very disjointed at the moment and despite a host of stars present in the squad, the Red Devils do not look an efficiently functioning team on the pitch.
Therefore, it is widely expected that Mourinho will be looking to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window and a number of names have been bandied about as potential targets for the Portuguese manager.
It remains to be seen as to which players Mourinho does indeed choose to bring to Old Trafford and could Chelsea outcast Cesc Fabregas be a viable target for the Red Devils this winter.
Fabregas was widely hailed for playing a key role in helping Chelsea claim the Premier League title back in 2013/14 but the midfielder endured a terrible campaign last term and was even accused of plotting the downfall of Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
The current campaign has proven to be an even bigger struggle for Fabregas as he has fallen down the pecking order under Antonio Conte and has featured only sparingly so far.
Therefore, it has widely been claimed that Fabregas will be leaving Chelsea in January and a move to Italy has been seen on the cards for the Spanish international.
It is clear to see that Fabregas has become a dispensable figure at Chelsea and therefore, Manchester United could do worse than try to poach him from Stamford Bridge.
Despite rumors of a rift between Mourinho and Fabregas, the two have shared complimentary words about each other in the recent past and the duo would surely not spurn the chance to work together once again if it is a mutually beneficial relationship.
Yes, Fabregas has been poor over the last 18 months but he is a top class player in his day and would surely be a great fit at United – especially considering the fact that the Red Devils are searching for a replacement for Michael Carrick.
Fabregas can control the rhythm of the game in the same manner as Carrick and has more goals in his locker too. In addition, world record signing Paul Pogba would surely love to play alongside the Spaniard as it would give him the freedom to play his natural game in a more advanced midfield position.
However, Chelsea might prefer selling Fabregas aboard than allow him to join direct rivals in the Premier League and if United were to get the deal done for the midfielder in January, they might have to pay over the odds – which would not be the best financial decision for a player who is nearing his thirties.
That said, given United’s ridiculous spending on mediocre players since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, an investment on Fabregas would not look too bad at all.