Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly on the radar of Guangzhou Evergrande, who are plotting a £40m summer move for the Spaniard.

Daily Mail have reported that Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is attracting interest from China, just like his Brazilian teammate Oscar. Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou Evergrande are reportedly interested in the Spaniard, and are reportedly looking to sign the player in the summer of 2017.

Fabregas championed the art of assists in his first season with Chelsea to mark his Premier League return in style, but the Spaniard has found game time hard to come by under new manager Antonio Conte. The 29-year-old has been largely restricted to the bench, and his squad status seems to have dropped from a key player to a squad rotational role under the Italian supremo.

The former Barcelona man has started just 3 games for Chelsea in the Premier League. The latest was the midweek win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light where he scoring the winner. The player is hopeful of seeing more game time after his performance against the Black Cats, but it will be difficult given that Conte is averse to chopping and changing the starting eleven.

From a championed superstar to a bench player. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
From a championed superstar to a bench player. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Guangzhou Evergrande have former Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari at the helm, and can boast of the likes of Jackson Martinez and Paulinho  on their roster. They’re eyeing a potential transfer for the Spaniard in the summer of 2017, and believe a bid in the region of £40m would be enough to prize the player away from Chelsea and other potential suitors.

Fabregas though, will have to make a choice between vying for European honours or a large pay-check. Many footballers who are in their prime have chosen the latter route and gone to China instead of staying in Europe, and Cesc Fabregas may just follow in the footsteps of Oscar, who is extremely close to a big money move to China.

The Spaniard may just be able to carve out a place for himself in the first-team setup at Chelsea under Antonio Conte with continued performances like the one against Sunderland, provided he is given the chance. And if he plays an important role in Chelsea’s title challenge, it may just fuel his desire for top honours, which he would have to almost forget if he agrees to a move to China.

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