According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Cesc Fabregas is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea. The midfielder made the move to Stamford Bridge back in 2014 after a short stint at Spanish giants Barcelona, but the 31-year-old has struggled for regular football under new manager Maurizio Sarri this season having failed to start any of their opening ten Premier League matches.
And reports suggest that the Spain international may have to accept a pay cut to remain at the West London club beyond the end of his current deal in the summer, which is news that should be of interest to West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini as he plots a route into the top ten for his side.
Ultimately, the Hammers aren’t overly well-stocked in the central midfield department following the departure of Cheikhou Kouyate during the summer to Crystal Palace, although the likes of Mark Noble, Declan Rice, and Pedro Obiang have done a decent job in that midfield area.
And with Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini out injured at present, Pellegrini may be wondering how he can bolster that area of the field come the January transfer window – and there would be few better options than Chelsea’s Fabregas.
The 31-year-old has excelled in English football at both Arsenal and indeed Chelsea during his career in scoring 50 goals and laying on 113 assists in 345 Premier League appearances, winning two league titles during his time at Stamford Bridge in 2015 and 2017.
In fact, the Spanish assist king has laid on at least ten assists in all but two of his last eight full seasons in the English top-flight to underline just how brilliant a creator he is from that midfield role, with Fabregas widely regarded as one of the best in the business when it comes to setting up goals.
Be it the 19 he laid on to help Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea win the league back in 2015, or indeed the 12 to inspire Antonio Conte’s Blues to the title little over a year ago, the 31-year-old has produced the goods at the highest level for some time now, and would undoubtedly be a huge asset to a Hammers side seeking to move up the table under Pellegrini.
The East London club stumbled to a 13th place finish last term to suggest that the top ten was well within their grasp, and after some big money signings during the summer and their form having begun to pick up in recent times, Pellegrini will surely be eyeing a top half finish.
And the top ten would certainly be on the horizon for the Hammers were they to lure £22.5 million-rated Fabregas (as per Transfermarkt) across the capital, thus giving them the assist king they need to begin making their way up the Premier League table.
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