In a bit of obvious news, the Evening Standard mentioned the other day that it is almost certain that Cesc Fàbregas would have to take a massive pay cut, if he stick around Chelsea for at least another season. That’s assuming of course that a new contract would be tendered, which is something that Fàbregas would want, but is something that has not yet begun. (Chelsea should be prioritizing other contract talks, if anything, like Eden Hazard’s and César Azpilicueta’s and N’Golo Kanté’s, just to name a few.)
Despite his status as a Barcelona “reject” upon his arrival at Chelsea in 2014, Cesc got himself handsomely paid by the club with his five-year contract. Reports frequently place him as one of the two-two earners at the club, with wages of around £160k-200k per week. Any new contract would have to include wages more commensurate with his current role of backup and rotation plater, and that’s probably true regardless of where he ends up.
Fàbregas himself probably realizes this as well, and so we’ve come full obvious circle. Whether that will be enough to earn him an extension at Chelsea remains to be seen however.