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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Oscar and Cesc Fabregas

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Oscar of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea midfielder Oscar is set to join Fenerbahce on loan in the January transfer window.

That's according to Ajansspor (h/t Sport Witness) who have suggested the deal is close to being finalised, with the board of the Turkish giants said to be confident of getting the transfer over the line. "Turkish club sources state that they are expecting no problems to finish the deal," noted Sport Witness.

While Chelsea have thrived this season under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, the campaign has not been a memorable one for Oscar, with just five Premier League starts so far.

Conte hasn't used Oscar too often during the team's surge to the top of the table.
Conte hasn't used Oscar too often during the team's surge to the top of the table.James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Subsequently, it's little surprise to see the 25-year-old linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. One of the cornerstones of Conte's success at the club has been his utilisation of a 3-4-3 setup; it's a system in which there's no space for a natural No. 10, which is Oscar's best position.

ESPN's Jack Rathborn suggested recently the Brazilian could still play a key tactical role for the Blues at times due to his willingness to work hard off the ball:

Jack Rathborn @JackRathborn

Anybody think Conte could adapt to City today? Surely Pedro is unstoppable? Oscar to contest middle/disrupt Gundogan could make sense though

However, the midfielder has been a peripheral figure at the club for a while now, and as he approaches what should be the peak years of his career, Oscar will surely be keen to play on a more regular basis. After all, he possesses the talent and technique to become a creative linchpin for a lot of elite teams in European football.

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If Fenerbahce were able to land the Brazil international, it'd be a significant coup, although you sense that if Oscar were available for transfer, there'd be a queue of clubs willing to take him off Chelsea's hands. At the moment, the player's career is stalling, and it's imperative he does something to break this malaise into which he's plunged.

   

Cesc Fabregas Linked with Roma

Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas runs during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on December 3, 2016. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL
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According to Il Tempo (h/t Steve Mitchell of Calciomercato.com), AS Roma are closing in on the signing of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

It's noted in the report that despite Conte suggesting the Spain international is an important part of his squad, there's an acceptance that the 29-year-old will have to leave Stamford Bridge in order to get regular football.

Despite excelling against Manchester City in Chelsea's 3-1 win last weekend, the playmaker was withdrawn from the Blues team that faced West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, with Nemanja Matic fit to start again.

Fabregas did enter the game from the bench, though, and played a key role in the Blues grabbing a late winner against the Baggies to secure a ninth successive win. Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack paid tribute to the impact made by the former Arsenal and Barcelona man:

Michael Ballack @Ballack

That's the difference... #Fabregas is playing direct,plays the ball immediately into @diegocosta ... @ChelseaFC @cesc4official #CHEWBA #cfc

"Cesc is an important player for us," Conte said afterwards, per Squawka's Greg Johnson. "We all know very clear his quality. For me, today, it was important to change."

Fabregas has certainly shown in the last two matches that he has a role to play. Against City, with the team 1-0 down, he arrowed a splendid pass forward to Diego Costa to equalise, while the midfielder also found the striker with another raking pass against West Brom in the buildup to the winning goal.

Given there will be big challenges to come for Chelsea in the coming weeks and months, it'd be a huge surprise if Conte was willing to let a player of Fabregas' calibre depart in January. He can be a positive influence for the Blues in the title race, and it'll surely be the summer at the earliest before any transfer goes through.

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