Could Liverpool pursue £25m move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas?

Nick Howson
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Liverpool have been advised to beat Manchester United to the signing of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, amid reports the Merseysiders are the latest club to declare their interest in the Spain international. Fabregas has been restricted to just 10 Premier League starts this season for the Blues and could seek a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.

The Sun understands that Jurgen Klopp has entered the race for the 29-year-old, with Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho also hopeful of acquiring the ex-Barcelona playmaker. Mourinho brought Fabregas to Chelsea in 2014 and the player would be available for a fee of around £25m this summer.

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Neither Liverpool or United are assured of a place in next season's Champions League and could look to improve their squad during the summer. But with Mourinho able to call upon the likes of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera, ex-Reds forward Luis Garcia believes his former club's need is greater.

"These kinds of players they can fit everywhere [at Liverpool],"Garcia told Talksport. "The technique, the ability he has got, the mindset of knowing always what is happening around him, he is one of those players who can fit everywhere. Of course, for Liverpool he would be a fantastic fit. The other side of this is how fans will receive a Chelsea player! We will see what happens."

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Cesc Fabregas

Though Fabregas has failed to dislodge PFA player of the year N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the first team, he has still made 33 appearances in all competitions and is likely to have a key role in the final four games of the campaign as Chelsea look to secure the title. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who played for the club from 2000 to 2004, says Antonio Conte should reconsider offloading Fabregas

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"I wouldn't like to see him go [to Liverpool]," the Dutchman told Talksport. "Chelsea don't have enough players like Fabregas. He's somebody who can open defences up, who is very good at giving the final pass and just creating. I know he hasn't played as much as he would have wanted, because Chelsea have had a really settled side this year.

"But I do see him playing a lot more next year if he stays because of the Champions League. Things can change all the time in football, so I do see him playing a lot more. I don't think Chelsea will let him go."

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