Chelsea close to deals for two players as Cesc Fabregas agrees to Monaco contract

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Cesc Fabregas gave an emotional goodbye to Chelsea fans at the weekend.

You didn't need a degree in psychology to suss out that Fabregas was bidding farewell to the Stamford Bridge faithful, having just taken part in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Alvaro Morata scored two goals to ensure Fabregas left the pitch on the winning side, but the Spaniard will be kicking himself after missing a perfect opportunity from the penalty spot.

Nevertheless, seeing his spot kick saved by Luke Steele won't taint an impressive spell at Chelsea for the 31-year-old, who originally returned to the Premier League in 2014.

He has won two Premier League titles, the League Cup, the FA Cup and made 198 appearances during his time in west London.

Fabregas in tears vs Forest

After the tearful goodbye over the weekend, Fabregas told the media: "It feels like it was last week that I started playing professionally - and now it's over 15 years.

"It is a long time and for the young players that start playing, just a little advice: to enjoy it, every single second, because time flies - it goes so fast.

"The occasion got the better of me. I didn't expect all of this to happen today. And that's it."

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Chelsea's two replacement targets

So, nothing too definitive on the day but developments surrounding a Chelsea exit have accelerated in the aftermath and a move to AS Monaco now looks an inevitability.

That's according to Sky Sports who - via reporter Kaveh Solhekol - confirmed on Tuesday morning that Fabregas had agreed a three-year contract with Monaco in the summer.

His move would take place upon the expiration of his contract and, interestingly, Chelsea will only let him leave in January if they can secure a replacement.

And in the same tweet by Solhekol, he revealed that Chelsea are close to deals with both Nicolo Barella and Leandro Paredes that could allow Fabregas to leave early.

Check out the update down below:

Major news to say the very least.

Chelsea are expecting one of the replacements to sign this week, indicating that Maurizio Sarri doesn't want both to sign and that Fabregas has indeed played his last game for the club.

Are the two players in question suitable replacements, though?

Paredes currently plays his football with Zenit St. Petersburg, for whom he's scored nine goals in 58 appearances, and has accumulated nine caps for Argentina.

He's unlikely to address the lack of goals from midfield but his passing ability is highly rated and there's still plenty more to come from the 24-year-old.

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Meanwhile, Barrela is even younger at age 21 and could be competing with the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek within a matter of days.

The Italian is yet to be tested at the highest level, yet has established himself at Cagliari and is gradually garnering caps with the national team.

It's all go at Stamford Bridge right now.

Who do you think Chelsea should sign - Barrela or Paredes? Have your say in the comments section below.

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