Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas is closing in on a move to AS Monaco with reports saying that the deal could be completed by next week.

The 31-year-old is now in the final 6 months of his Chelsea contract. The player is ready to make a switch in search of game time. However, Maurizio Sarri still wants the midfielder to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking last week, Sarri said: “It would be really a problem without Cesc. I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course. 

“But for me, it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.”

AC Milan are also interested in the Spanish international, however, they lack funds to afford Fabregas. Their manager, Gennaro Gattuso expressed his frustration.

Speaking to DAZN, he said: “We have stakes. We cannot do what we want. The club has been clear. Fabregas? There are important figures involved.”

Fabregas is yet to start a Premier League this season. He said: “I know what my role is. Unfortunately it’s not the one I want. I’m keeping it professional as usual.

“I’m always trying to do my best, in the conditions, playing with the youngsters, playing with the first team, even though this year I still haven’t played with the full, full first team one game.

“But, I’m trying to do what I can. It’s a difficult situation for me, obviously. I’m playing the cups and the Europa League.

“I don’t give up. I’m not someone who you’ll see complaining or not giving his all because of that.

“I’ll always be there showing my face when needed and if the time comes the time comes. We’ll see what happens.”

And as per L’Equipe, the 31-year-old will sign a contract with Monaco by next week. This will link him with a former teammate, Thierry Henry. The pair played together at Arsenal from 2003 to 2007.

Even Goal, understands that the move is very much possible. It would be a welcome addition to Henry who has endured a difficult start at the club.