Cesc Fabregas’ future at Chelsea looks extremely murky.

He was a favourite for Antonio Conte, but the same cannot be said for Maurizio Sarri.

Although it’s still early in the season, Fabregas hasn’t made an appearance under Chelsea’s new Italian boss.

And with Sarri eyeing defensive reinforcements, Fabregas could still yet play a vital role for Chelsea.

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The plethora of midfielders at Chelsea mean that the 2010 World Cup winner’s playing time looks limited, suggesting a move away from Stamford Bridge could be on the horizon.

And Chelsea may have plans to use Fabregas as collateral in any dealings they have.

With Alessio Romagnoli a reported target for Sarri from AC Milan, could we see the Spaniard moving in the opposite direction?

AC Milan have already been linked with Fabregas.

With Tiémoué Bakayoko already on loan at the Italian giants, Chelsea will be hoping the two midfielders will sweeten the deal for Milan.

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But it will still take a huge amount of money to acquire Romagnoli.

The Italian international was recently named as Milan’s captain and is seen as the successor to the great Paolo Maldini.

But he would be the perfect centre-back for Chelsea’s new ‘Sarai-Ball’.

Good on the ball and defensive solid, Romagnoli is a Sarri dream.

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So, although Fabregas has had extraordinary success at Chelsea, his outgoing could facilitate a Chelsea incoming.