Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has started talks with Italian Serie A giants AC Milan with a view to a move when the winter transfer window reopens in January.
Fabregas, 31, has been on the fringes of the first team at Chelsea since former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri took charge of the team in the summer.
The 59-year-old Italian tactician replaced compatriot Antonio Conte in the summer after the former Juventus boss was sacked despite winning this year’s FA Cup final via a 1-0 victory over rivals Manchester United in their final meeting at the Wembley Stadium in May.
Conte paid for his job in the wake of a lacklustre season which ended with a fifth-place finish on the Premier League table.
Fabregas was a big part of the Chelsea squad under Conte but he has seen his role reduce since the advent of Maurizio Sarri.
He has a Chelsea contract that runs until the end of this season and it doesn’t look like the club will offer him a new deal when the current one expires next summer.
Fabregas has been linked with a return to Arsenal as well as a move to AC Milan.
According to Italian news outlet calciomercato, AC Milan are in talks with the Spanish international player about a transfer to the San Siro.