Chelsea Transfer Rumour - Chelsea in talks to trade Cesc Fabregas to AC Milan for €10m and De Sciglio
Fabregas has struggled to find regular playing time this season
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ future has been subject to intense speculation and now latest reports from CalcioMercato suggest that the Spaniard might be on his way to Serie A giants AC Milan with talented full-back Mattia de Sciglio set to make the move in the opposite direction.
The Spaniard has made only 4 Premier League appearances so far, and it is believed that Antonio Conte does not see him capable of adapting to his demanding system. With Conte looking to play the 3-4-3 system, De Sciglio would prove to be a perfect option as an attacking wing-back. CalcioMercato went on to report that the deal for Fabregas moving to Milan involved €10m cash along with De Sciligio.
The AC Milan player and Chelsea manager have already worked together during Conte’s spell as Italy manager. However, Chelsea might face some stiff competition from Liverpool, who are also rumoured to be interested in signing the talented Italian full-back.
Conte happy as Chelsea shut out defensive errors
As a manager brought up on steely Italian defensive discipline, Antonio Conte must have had some sleepless nights in the past week worrying about Chelsea's creaky rearguard.Seven goals conceded in their last three games, including three before halftime at Arsenal last week, had undermined a previously encouraging start to the season for Chelsea.
The mistakes were eradicated on Saturday though as Chelsea, employing a new defensive formation, returned to form with a 2-0 Premier League victory at Hull City, courtesy of well-taken second-half goals from Willian and Diego Costa.
"More than the system, what's important is the principles, then you can change," Conte said of the new ploy.
"This week we've worked a lot, we must find the right way to be more compact. A clean sheet is important for the confidence. We are working very hard and we must continue in this way.
Speaking after the game, Conte was pleased with having secured a tough victory:
"I'm pleased with the whole game because in England no game is easy," said Conte. "Today I knew it would be very tough because we faced a team with a great spirit."But we played with the right intensity and with good pressure."
This formation has paid rich dividends for Conte throughout his managerial career and to employ this system effectively he will need flying full-backs. With Conte having earmarked De Sciligio as a perfect signing, this swap deal might suit all parties involved.
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