Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to let Cesc Fàbregas leave on loan?

Today’s fluff is turning cartwheels ‘cross the floor

Chelsea have decided that Arsenal have had it their way at the top of the table for long enough, and that they should finally offer some reasonable competition in the battle to provide the most overqualified loanee in British football. Sure, it could certainly be argued that Jack Wilshere was already second or indeed third best in a competition for which Chelsea have already nearly 40 players, among them Juan Cuadrado, a 28-year-old with 56 caps for Colombia and league winners’ medals from Italy and England, and Loïc Rémy, a 29-year-old with 31 caps for France and league winners’ medals from France and England, but this one is a certain, absolute, guaranteed title-stealer: they have just made available a man who turns 30 in May and whose trophy cabinet boasts 110 international caps, two European Championships and a World Cup.

The bigwigs at Stamford Bridge have decided that Cesc Fàbregas’s £160,000-a-week wages are a little overhigh for someone who has little chance of starting a league game. The Times reports that they came close to letting him join Milan back in August, but couldn’t decide what proportion of his wages they should reasonably offer to continue paying. It is a question they have pondered at length over the last two months, and have now come to a decision. The Times doesn’t know what it is, but interested clubs may apply at the usual address.

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