AS Monaco have not enjoyed a good campaign so far.
Even after parting ways with Leonardo Jardim and replacing him with Thierry Henry in October, they are currently 19th in the table and four points away from the relegation zone.
The Ligue 1 outfit want to strengthen the squad in January and in the front page of today’s edition of L’Equipe, it is mentioned that Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas is a ‘top priority’ and the story has a headline with ‘Cesc imminent’.
Having previously looked at young players, the French club now want to bring in experienced players and strengthening the midfield is a priority following the departure of Fabinho (to Liverpool) and Joao Moutinho (to Wolves).
For this reason, Henry’s side have made contact with the former Arsenal star, who has six months left on his contract with the Blues.
It’s claimed the Spaniard is ‘determined’ to leave Stamford Bridge in January and has several options to pick from.
The French newspaper mentions Monaco are ready to offer him a two-and-a-half year deal with a signing on bonus that is in excess of €10m.
The 31-year-old is aware that it will be his last big contract of his career and a move to Stade Louis II will see him reunite with former Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo.
There is an agreement in principle with Monaco and the player, and now the two clubs need to agree for the transfer.
L’Equipe claims details remains to be solved with the English side and even though it’s mentioned that Fabregas’ signing is imminent, the report also mentions the former Barcelona man is not expected at Monaco this week.