Discussing Chelsea and Cesc Fabregas 0

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We’ve heard a lot in recent days about clubs who don’t want to by Cesc Fabregas, but at least one English side does: Chelsea - or at least, that’s what The Telegraph claim.

Matt Law is usually very reliable, so there is most likely some substance to his report that Jose Mourinho is keen on Fabregas.  It’s interesting, because the Spaniard is not a player who you would associate with Mourinho or the Portuguese’s style of play.

Beyond a requirement at forward one which will presumably be filled in the coming days, Chelsea do have a theoretical weakness in deep-midfield.  Nemanja Matic is an obvious first choice but with David Luiz gone and Frank Lampard on his way out of Stamford Bridge, Mourinho only has Ramires and John Obi Mikel as options to play alongside the Serbian - additionally, Mourinho seems to prefer using Ramires as a counter-attacking wide-midfield option rather than in a central role.

Fabregas’ qualities are obvious: he has great technique, he’s a very creative player, and both his time in England and his spell at Barcelona have shown him to be more than capable of providing goals from midfield.  Mourinho likes his midfielders to be relatively progressive and for them to be two-way players, and so Fabregas would seem like a good-fit for that ideology.

But the one question mark has to be over his fitness and his durability; he is not a box-to-box player and neither is he renowned for taking the ball away from the opposition - if Mourinho wants Fabregas, then maybe he’s identified a more static, ball-playing role for him?

Of course, he can play further forward and has shown himself to be a very fine central attacking-midfielder in Spain, but Chelsea are so well covered in that area that it’s difficult to understand the necessity of dropping £30m to further stock the position.

Intriguing; not only because it would be good to see him back in the Premier League, but also because it’s not obvious how he would fit into that Chelsea side.

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