The more we edge towards January, the more we find ourselves thinking these could be Cesc Fabregas’ final couple of months at Chelsea.

Not only are the stories regarding a potential switch to Milan becoming more and more prominent, but there’s now a claim from Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Niccolo Schira that the Spaniard could leave for nothing in January.

Considering his deal at Stamford Bridge runs out in June, this would need to be an agreement between all parties to rescind the contract, unless Chelsea simply accept a bid of £0 (which wouldn’t really make sense).

According to Schira, Fabregas is said to want a contract with his new club until 2021, which would mean he’d be 34 years of age by the time that one came to an end.

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Leonardo, Milan’s director of football, is said to have already had a chat with Darren Dein, Fabregas’ representative (explaining the claims of early November phone calls from Corriere dello Sport), while a number of other clubs have also made offers.

As well as contracts from China and MLS, both Atlético Madrid and Galatasaray have allegedly come forward for the Chelsea midfielder, leaving him with a lot of choice.

We’ll believe the ‘leaving in January for free’ bit when we see it, but the rest seems very plausible.