5 midfielders Chelsea could target in the summer to replace Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas left Chelsea in the January transfer window joining French side AS Monaco signing a deal with the Principality side until 2020. The Spaniard's acquisition was a coup by Monaco who are battling for Ligue 1 survival.
Fabregas is a decorated midfielder who has won almost all trophies and is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in Premier League history. He is the record holder for the fastest player to achieve 100 assists in the English Premier League in just 293 games.
Cesc was once compared to Italian midfield genius Andrea Pirlo by former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The Spaniard and assist king had a golden opportunity to wind up his Chelsea career with a goal but missed a first-half penalty against Nottingham Forest in his last appearance for the Blues. Cesc was spared of his blushes by his compatriot Alvaro Morata who scored a second-half brace to make sure he signed off in a winning note.
The Blues failed to find a replacement for the Spaniard midfield maestro in the January transfer window as they only managed to sign a striker - Gonzalo Higuain on-loan from Juventus until the end of the season. Chelsea will now turn their attention to the summer transfer window to fill in the void that Cesc left at Stamford Bridge.
Here is a look at midfielders the Blues could target in the summer to replace the departed legend.
#5 Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyon)
Houssem Aouar is an exciting young French midfielder who has come up through Olympique Lyon's youth system and is lighting up the Ligue 1 with his impressive performances for the Les Gones.
The 20-year old has starred for Lyon this season in his second senior season and is showing maturity and promise of a player who is going to dominate football over the next decade. He played an integral role in Lyon's shock win over Manchester City in the Champions League.
The youngster has averaged 87% passing accuracy and has managed seven goals and four assists this season with three of the assists coming in the Champions League. Houssem Aouar is not in the mould of Fabregas but has shown his control of the game from central midfield and his eye for goal could be an added advantage for the Blues.