Welcome to today's edition of Rumors You Cannot Kill, or RYCK for short. RYCK is a normal everyday feature of modern football life. There is no solution, no cure. You can manage the pain with common sense, though that's far too often in short supply so you have to be careful how and when to apply it.
Having said that, when a certain type of RYCK flares up a bit too often, more drastic measures are required. Measures like acceptance, forward planning, and keeping an open mind. So as much as Cesc Fàbregas's girlfriend might deny it on social media, rumors of his departure from Chelsea continue to make regular headlines.
Here's the latest, from The Times's Matt Hughes.
Chelsea are willing to let Cesc Fàbregas go out on loan in January and may even subsidise his wages to give Antonio Conte the best chance of bringing in another midfield player.
The Times has learnt that Fàbregas came close to joining AC Milan on loan on transfer deadline day last August, with the deal collapsing at the last minute after a disagreement over the proportion of his wages that Chelsea were willing to pay. The club will take similar steps to offload him in January.
The report goes on point out that Chelsea and AC Milan agreed on a similar high profile loan deal for Fernando Torres a few years ago, so there's precedence here for such a move. They also make sure to point out that Fàbregas has not fallen out with Conte or anyone at Chelsea, but the reality of the situation is that he's unlikely to play much. Which, well, is probably true, especially with Chelsea now out of the League Cup.
Fàbregas, who's been carrying a minor injury as of late to boot, has been linked with a potential move to Italy ever since the summer, be that to AC Milan or Inter Milan or Juventus or wherever else. Chances are, there's some fire somewhere behind all this smoke.