Chelsea are looking to put the disappointment of last season firmly behind them, so far winning each of their opening three Premier League games. The Blues were heavily criticised the previous campaign, finishing down in a lowly 10th-place position, but managed to retain their first-team squad during the summer transfer window. With less than a week remaining before the window closes, the Blues may be looking to sell off one of their superstars, as rumours claim that Cesc Fabregas could be forced out of Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined Chelsea from Barcelona two years ago in a £30 million transfer, and was an instrumental part of their league success that season, creating numerous chances with his wide range of passing. However, Fabregas was among those singled-out as underperforming under interim manager Guus Hiddink, rarely looking interested or motivated on the pitch.
Despite previous reports that Fabregas would be willing to work hard for his place in the Chelsea squad, the latest updates state that the manager has serious concerns about his effort. Antonio Conte is known to prefer his players give everything on the training ground and the pitch, and has been less than impressed by what he has seen from the Spaniard. Fabregas has been limited to just 12 minutes of playing time against Watford, and Chelsea would be willing to listen to offers if any come through.