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AC Milan dangle 2.5-year contract offer in front of Cesc Fàbregas — reports

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AC Milan continue to be strongly linked with Chelsea’s 31-year-old midfielder.

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The Cesc Fàbregas-to-AC Milan rumors are not going away. If anything, they are intensifying, especially now that new chairman Ivan Gazidis, formerly of Arsenal, has taken his place at the Rossoneri. Reports from SportMediaSet and La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Milan are already making offers to club and player, the former with regards to the transfer fee and the latter, personal terms.

As per SportMediaSet, Milan are ready to pay €8m to allow Fàbregas to leave Chelsea in January, instead of waiting until next summer to have him for free. However, Chelsea are supposedly seeking something around €12m to allow him to leave mid-season.

Fàbregas will be free to negotiate and arrange summer moves with any foreign club starting next month, but if he wants to leave right away, Chelsea will be able to charge a transfer fee. The 31-year-old has mentioned before that he wants to see out the season at Chelsea, but Milan are apparently dangling a 2.5-year contract in front of him at an annual salary of €4m — a solid length but significant reduction in wages compared to his status as one of Chelsea’s highest paid players; then again, that’s to be expected in the waning years of his career. Gazzetta claims that negotiations are ongoing between Milan and one of Cesc’s representatives, Darren Dein.

Fàbregas wants to play more often, which could push him to leave as well, especially as he did not make a strong case for himself yesterday during Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Wolves when he deputised for Jorginho but did not exactly replicate the same qualities in the regista role.