According to Calcio Mercato, Cesc Fabregas could be on his way to AC Milan. His contract expires at the end of the season, and it’s certainly fair to say that it hasn’t been the best season for the Spanish midfielder.
He’s lost his place in the team to Jorginho, and given the fine form of the Maurizio Sarri favourite, it’s looking unlikely that he will regain his spot.
So, moving him on makes sense, but that does pose a problem for Chelsea. Fabregas still serves an important role as a rotational option in the squad, and so he’ll have to be replaced. It would be a surprise for Chelsea not to spend big bringing in a new player to replace him, but that might not be the best move for the Blues.
Indeed, perhaps they should turn to one of the younger players in the Chelsea squad instead.
Ethan Aampadu has seen his Chelsea career stall somewhat under Maurizio Sarri, and it’s tough to see why. Whenever the Welshman has turned out in a blue shirt at Stamford Bridge he’s looked good. He’s confident, comfortable on the ball and clearly unbelievably talented, and it would be a shame for all of that to go to waste.
He’s a natural defender, but he’s played centrally for Chelsea a number of times in the past, and he’d be an excellent fit. Like Fabregas, he’s got a fantastic range of passing, and so he’d be more than capable of playing the deep-lying playmaker role that the Spaniard has made his name in.
Ampadu’s confidence on the ball allows him to remain cool under pressure, and given the role that Jorginho plays – with a focus on moving the ball on quickly and simply – that’s a vital trait.
The Welshman is also very strong defensively, and so he’d be a fantastic asset in that regard for the Blues. It makes no sense for the club to spend big on a foreign target – as he could do the job perfectly.
Ampadu could prove to be Chelsea’s secret weapon in the absence of Cesc Fabregas. Few really know of his talents, particularly in midfield – maybe even including Maurizio Sarri – and the Blues would really be onto a winner if they gave him the chance he deserves.