Chelsea should sell Cesc Fabregas to Juventus – but only if they can strike a deal that ensures Paul Pogba arrives at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard is rumoured to be tickling the fancy of the Old Lady after struggling to replicate the same form that saw the Blues crowned Premier League champions last season.
Fabregas is undoubtedly a class act on his day and reports suggest he could look for a new challenge elsewhere, which the Blues might consider if Pogba were to come the other way.
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Jose Mourinho was heralded a genius when he beat Manchester United to land Fabregas from La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
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Immediately he looked at home in English football upon his arrival, striking up an understanding with compatriot Diego Costa that saw the Blues transformed into the best attacking outfit in the top flight.
Despite often being overshadowed by the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets during his time in Catalonia, Fabregas fitted seamlessly into Mourinho’s starting XI and finished the campaign with 18 assists, just two adrift of Thierry Henry’s record of 20.
However, his form has waned drastically this term, sparking talk of a move away from the capital and possibly to Juventus or Roberto Mancini’s high-flying Inter Milan.
Though Fabregas is capable of the sublime, Pogba is a player ready to take his game to the next level having helped Juventus to dominate Italian football.
Unwanted by Sir Alex Ferguson during the Scot’s latter years at Old Trafford, the French youngster has matured into one of the biggest names in world football and is on the radar of just about every top European team.
His ability to pick a pass and score from distance is unquestionable, and he will be the talisman of the France national team when they bid to win the European Championships on home soil next summer.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are the obvious frontrunners to secure his signature, but Chelsea could leapfrog them if they offer Fabregas in return.
If Fabregas were to seek pastures new he would consider his spell at Stamford Bridge a huge success given he finally ended his wait for a league winner’s medal.
Pogba would be the ideal replacement and one Guus Hiddink must do his utmost to attempt to sign before he leaves the club for a second time in May.