Monday 21 August 2017

Liverpool set to make a shock move for Chelsea midfielder

Jurgen Klopp looking to add experience to a Liverpool squad that has been exposed by injury problems this season
Jurgen Klopp looking to add experience to a Liverpool squad that has been exposed by injury problems this season
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is targeting a summer move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, as the Anfield club look to rebuild their squad ahead of what they hope will be a return to the Champions League.

Fabregas has become something of a fringe player for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte this season and came close to leaving the club last summer and during the January transfer window.

His huge £150,000 wage demands are believed to have scuppered a deal to leave Chelsea in the last two transfer windows, yet Fabregas is preparing to make a move at the end of this season and the challenge of moving to Liverpool may appear to the former Arsenal captain.

Liverpool boss Klopp is believed to view Fabregas as the kind of experienced performer who could add European experience to his squad, but he may face competition for his signature from Italian giants AC Milan.

Reports in Italy suggest the San Siro club's Chinese owners have made Fabregas their top transfer target, yet the 29-year-old has suggested he enjoys playing in England's Premier League.

A move for Fabregas would represent something of a change in transfer policy for Liverpool, who have tended to target youthful performers who retain their value for potential sale.

Yet Klopp may now decide the moment is right to add some proven performers to a squad that has been exposed as thread bear after a series of injuries to star men.

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