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Reports vai the Mirror claims Chelsea could have opened talks with AC Milan over three players.
Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen are all wanted by the Serie A giants after struggling for game time under Maurizio Sarri.
They could now be handed an escape route in January.
According to a growing number of reports in Italy, Milan have been in direct conversation with Chelsea via club director Leonardo, who is keen to make additions to the squad.
Leonardo has been in phone conversations with Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia, state Football Italia, with Fabregas seen to be the primary target.
Milan are without injured midfield duo Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura, the latter of whom is expected to be sidelined until around April, while centre-back Mattia Caldara is also on the injured list.
Fabregas is described as Milan’s “main objective.” The injuries to Biglia—who looks to be out until February—and Bonaventura in particular have hurt Gennaro Gattuso’s side.
The Spaniard has a little more than six months remaining on his Chelsea contract but could be tempted to switch settings as he’s failed to make a league start under Sarri.
The Spanish midfielder, 31, has made 135 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Barcelona in 2014. He began his career at Arsenal, for whom he played more than 200 games.
Cahill, who turns 33 next month, is also going to be a free agent in the summer of 2019, and has largely fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The experienced England man looks to be of interest to Milan due to their ongoing injury crisis at the San Siro, with Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura and Mattia Caldara set for long spells out.
Denmark international Christensen’s situation is slightly different.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2017/18, playing 40 times in all competitions, but is yet to play in the Premier League under Sarri.
He only signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal in January and the ball-playing defender, whose style is suited to Serie A, would likely command a significant fee.