180315, Fotboll, Europa League Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Zenit Saint Petersburg vs RB Leipzig - Stadium St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia - March 15, 2018 Zenit St. Petersburg's Leandro Paredes looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov © BildbyrŒn - COP 7 - SWEDEN ONLY

When Fabregas walked into Chelsea four and a half years back, he replaced club legend Frank Lampard who walked out.

Since then, Fabregas has had a challenging time at Stamford Bridge. The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder had huge shoes to fill but like every time before in his career, he rose to the occasion.

He was never a direct replacement for Lampard given his different playing style, so Fabregas stuck to what he did best; assists. A couple of years later, out went Jose Mourinho and in came Antonio Conte and Fabregas was frozen out. However, he fought his way back into the team and under new the management of Sarri, he seemed to be attempting the same thing again.

However, for some strange reason, Chelsea found Fabregas surplus to requirements and moved him on to AS Monaco at the first chance they got. This left Sarri’s team in a spot of bother as the Spaniard is the only like for like replacement for Jorginho.

It is now being reported that Chelsea are closing in on a deal for 24 year old Leandro Paredes from Zenit St.Petersburg as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas. The player retweeted a tweet talking about a possible move to the Bridge and reports claim that he has agreed personal terms with the English club already.

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