In 2014, Chelsea signed midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona for £30 million and the Spaniard immediately made a huge impact, recording 22 assists in all competitions, leading Chelsea to a Premier League title in his first season at the club. The following season saw his form dip along with the club’s form as the reigning champions fell to 10th place. This season, Chelsea have returned to winning ways, running away with the Premier League title, however Fabregas has become an increasingly marginalized part of the side as manager Antonio Conte prefers Nemanja Matic as N’Golo Kante’s partner in central midfield.
As a result, Fabregas has been linked to a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer. According to Eurosport, Atletico Madrid are interested in bringing Fabregas back to his homeland as he is reportedly one of the capital side’s top targets for the summer. The move is contingent on Atletico’s transfer ban being waived as they are currently prohibited from signing players. Local rivals Real Madrid had their ban removed and Atletico have hope that the same will happen to them.
Atletico believe that Fabregas could have an effect on the club similar to David Villa, where in his single season at the club, Atletico won the league and nearly won the Champions League, losing to Real Madrid in the final. Regaining a starting role would also increase Fabregas’ chance of returning to the Spanish national team as a lack of action with Chelsea has seen him fall out of the side in recent months.
Manager Diego Simeone is also said to want the signing to increase competition in the midfield. Current central midfield options include Koke, Saul Niguez and club captain Gabi. Other clubs that have shown interest in signing Fabregas include AC Milan, Manchester United and reigning Turkish champions Besiktas.