According to the Corriere Dello Sport, AC Milan are plotting a January swoop for Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas.
31-year-old midfielder Fabregas is of course most fondly-remembered for his time with Arsenal.
The Spaniard spent 8 years with the Gunners from 2003 to 2011.
He eventually went on to appear over 300 times in the club’s colours, cementing himself as a legend in the eyes of the Arsenal faithful in the process.
Fabregas departed the Emirates 7 years ago, though, when Barcelona, where he had previously come up through the club’s youth ranks, coaxed the creative midfielder back to the club for £30 million.
However, a difficult stint for Fabregas back at the Camp Nou, during which he was often booed by the Blaugrana’s supporters, eventually saw the 110-time capped La Roja international make a return to England, with Chelsea.
And Fabregas’ time back in London has since been a rather up-and-down affair.
Following a hugely-impressive debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, during which he racked up 3 goals and a whopping 18 assists in the league, Fabregas’ game-time has begun to suffer over the last couple of seasons.
All told, the last two campaigns have seen the Spaniard manage 38 Premier League starts combined.
However, Fabregas is yet to start a game under new manager Maurizio Sarri this season.
The Italian tactician hand-picked Blues’ summer signing Jorginho from former club Napoli this summer, with the Italian international having since slotted seamlessly into the base of Chelsea’s midfield.
Fabregas AC Milan bound?
As such, with N’Golo Kante and now Mateo Kovacic to fight for game-time with, Fabregas has found himself as the odd man out.
And, as per the aforementioned report from the Corriere Dello Sport, one club looking to take advantage of the veteran’s situation in the English capital come January are Serie A outfit AC Milan.
The Rossoneri have been linked with Fabregas on multiple occasions in the past.
However, the possibility of a transfer to the San Siro actually coming to fruition now looks likelier than ever before.
This is due to a pair of circumstances:
First off, Fabregas’ lack of game-time could well see him seek pastures new.
Secondly, the midfielder’s Chelsea contract expires next summer.
This means that Milan may be able to clinch his signature in a cut-price deal in January.