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Sarri finally identifies Cesc Fabregas replacement

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Chelsea sanctioned Cesc Fabregas’s move to Monaco last Friday, having pocketed £10m from the Ligue 1 side.

Despite being a bit-part player in the team under Sarri, the Spaniard’s departure created a vacuum that must be filled by a new player before the end of the ongoing transfer window.

The Italian boss has been in the market for a new midfielder who will serve as the player’s replacement and he has reportedly found one.

The former Napoli coach, who is yet to win a major trophy throughout his managerial career, has identified Argentinian midfielder Leandro Paredes as the perfect man for his midfield’s setup.

The 24-year-old midfielder currently plays for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg but he could be heading to Stamford Bridge this month, that’s if the report via Metro is anything to trust.

Paredes started his football career with Argentine side Boca Juniors before heading to Serie A where featured for Chievo, Empoli and Roma.

He enjoyed a great season with Roma in the 2016-17 campaign and he was a target for many European clubs, however, he ended up signing for the Russian powerhouse last season in a deal which was said to have worth £24m.

So far this season, Paredes has scored two goals and two assists but his overall performances at the defensive midfield position have been awe-inspiring.

The media outlet also claimed that Sarri has tabled £26.8m for his signature but Zenit might ask for more fund from the Premier League giants.

Apart from replacing Fabregas, Sarri is looking for a player to complement Jorginho’s efforts at the middle of the park and Parades seems to be the manager’s chosen one.

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