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Chelsea have placed an opening bid in the region of £27m to sign midfielder Leandro Paredes from Russian Premier League giants Zenit St Petersburg, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

It is understood Blues’ boss Maruizio Sarri is confident the board will find a replacement after Cesc Fabregas completed his permanent move to AS Monaco earlier last week.

Chelsea are keeping tabs also on Cagliari starlet Nicolò Barella, who reportedly prefers a move to a Serie A club when the current season comes to an end, with Napoli and Inter Milan heavily linked with a move for the 21-year-old.

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Cesc Fabregas has officially left Chelsea to join AS Monaco on a permanent move last night, just a few hours before Blues’ clash against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

Following the win against Rafa Benitez’s men, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he remains confident the board will find a midfielder as a replacement for the Spaniard, despite he ‘cannot do anything more’.

It has been reported the Italian manager has made Cagliari ace Nicolò Barella his main target to revamp the squad in January.

Speaking at a press conference, Sarri said: “As you have seen today, Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player for that position, I need another option for Jorginho.

‘The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club’s decision, I can’t do anything more”.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly set to hold talks with AS Monaco before a move to the French side in the January transfer window.

The Spaniard, who has featured for the last time in a Blues’ shirt in the FA Cup Third Round against Nottingham Forest, joined Chelsea on a permanent move from Barcelona back in 2014.

Eden Hazard told SkySports Fabregas has given ‘everything’ during his five years at the London giants.

He said: “I can say that I was lucky to play with him. Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year when we won the double together.

“He is a top guy on the pitch and off the pitch, a great friend of mine.

“I have admiration for this guy and I hope he will have a good future. He is a bit old now but he is still very good, he will enjoy it.”

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata upstaged teammate Cesc Fabregas on his last appearance with the Blues as the former Real Madrid star managed to score a brace which sent Maurizio Sarri‘s men to FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday afternoon.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona star, who missed a penalty in a tough first half at Stamford Bridge, then received a warm standing ovation as he left the pitch with five minutes left to go in the second period.

It is understood Fabregas will join AS Monaco in the next few days, after being handed the captain’s armband for his last game in a Chelsea shirt.

However, Alvaro Morata wanted to share his feelings via Instagram with an emotional post dedicated to his compatriot: “You do not know how much I’m going to miss you!” wrote the Spaniard.

“To you and your wonderful family, thank you very much for helping us in EVERYTHING possible.

“Thanks for all the moments lived and good luck in everything you do!”



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Cesc Fabregas received a warm standing ovation in the second half of Chelsea‘s 2-0 home win against Nottingham Forest as he left the pitch with 5 minutes left to go.

The Spaniard, who was handed the captain’s armband for the FA Cup clash, missed a chance from the penalty spot in the 30th minute.

Fabregas was probably playing his last game for Chelsea before joining AS Monaco on a permanent move.

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The Spaniard was determinant in Blues’ 2-0 home win against Nottingham Forest earlier in the afternoon.

Cesc Fabregas, who was handed the captain’s armband, missed a chance from the penalty spot in the 30th minute on his last game for Chelsea before joining AS Monaco on a permanent move. The Spaniard received a warm standing ovation in the second half as he left the pitch with 5 minutes left to go.

Eden Hazard came off the bench to replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a tough first half for the England international, who limped off after picking-up a minor injury.

Chelsea were dominant in the second period as they found the lead with Alvaro Morata, well assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi, before doubling the score thanks to a fine header from the Blues’ forward.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Fabregas (Kante 85′), Ampadu; Loftus-Cheek (Hazard 41′), Morata (Azpilicueta 74′), Hudson-Odoi

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-2-3-1): Steele; Daria, Yacob, Fox, Janky; Guedioura, Colback; Cash (Lolley 57′), Carvalho, Osborn; Murphy

Scorers: Morata 48′ 59′
Bookings Barkley, Colback



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Chelsea face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round before taking on Spurs in the Carabao Cup’s semi-finals later on Tuesday. Official line-ups for the upcoming clash have been announced:

CHELSEA (4 3 3) – Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Palmieri; Ampadu, Fabregas, Barkley; Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4 2 3 1) – Steele; Darikwa, Yacob, Fox, Janko; Guedioura, Colback; Cash, Osborn, Carvalho; Murphy

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 3pm GMT

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored the decisive goal for Blues in their Carabao Cup clash against Derby County at Stamford Bridge last night.

The Spaniard, speaking after the game, told Chelsea’s official website: “I wasn’t surprised by how adventurous they were,

‘I follow the Championship and I have seen a couple of games, and also the coach alerted us how they play. They are very brave, they are young, they run, they are enthusiastic, and it’s fantastic to see this. Credit to Frank and Jody for what they are doing, it’s great to see these young players wanting to play”.

Derby County conceded two own-goals in a crazy first-half, before Fabregas sent Chelsea into the quarter-final of the competition, where they will face Bournemouth at home.

He added: “The performance was difficult. It’s not easy when you play once a week to keep fit and always be ready. They gave us a fantastic game. But we are through and that’s the most important thing”.


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Maurizio Sarri makes eight changes to his line-up as Chelsea face Derby County in the Carabao Cup tonight. Only N’Golo Kante, Alvaro Morata and Willian had been named in the XI to face Burnley at Turf Moor earlier on Sunday. On the other hand, Frank Lampard confirmed the squad which started in their 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.

CHELSEA – Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Fabregas, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Willian

DERBY COUNTY – Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Huddlestone, Mount, Wilson, Waghorn, Lawrence, Marriott


FIRST HALF – Chelsea took the lead as club loanee Fikayo Tomori produced an unfortunate own-goal, just before Marriott leveled up the score in the 10th minute. Another own-goal put the Blues in back in front, then Waghorn turned home from a close range, exploiting a low cross from Chelsea loanee Mason Mount. Maurizio Sarri’s men keep pushing for a goal and find it 15 minutes later. Cesc Fabregas’ goal is the difference at the end of a vivid first period at Stamford Bridge. More to follow…

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Ross Barkley played the whole game against Manchester City at Wembley today in a midfield trio alongside with latest Chelsea signing Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas (Danny Drinkwater came off the bench in the 79th minute).

And Maurizio Sarri, when asked if the former Everton star can be a proper option for Chelsea this season, told journalists: “I like him. He is a technical player. He has to improve on the defensive phase.

“It’s difficult to play with Jorginho, Cesc [Fabregas] and Ross all together but I like him. He will be a very useful player for us.”


Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a serious injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Burnley tonight, according to what Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola said after the...