Monaco are confident they have won the race to sign Cesc Fabregas and the midfielder might play his last game for Chelsea this weekend.
Fabregas has simply 5 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is unlikely to sign an extension because Chelsea solely offer 12-month deals to players over 30.
Monaco had emerged as strong rivals to AC Milan for the midfielder's signature following the appointment of his former Arsenal and Barcelona team-mate Thierry Henry as manager in October.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has asked Fabregas to remain, however the 31-year-old needs more first team soccer having started only 1 Premier League game this term.
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Monaco are struggling to avoid relegation from Ligue one as they presently sit nineteenth within the table.
But Monaco believe Henry's long-lasting friendship with Fabregas is going to be decisive and hope that a deal will be concluded next week.
It has been according that Fabregas, who missed Sunday's convert Crystal Palace with a neck injury, is set to play once more for Chelsea so as to achieve the landmark of five hundred club appearances in English soccer (Arsenal and Chelsea combined).
Fabregas is unlikely to feature within the League against Southampton on , however is being earmarked to face Nottingham Forrest in the fa Cup Third round in 3 days' time.
The departure of Fabregas would save Chelsea a significant sum in wages as he's presently on around £160,000-a-week, not including bonuses.
The Spain midfielder has been a large success since connection from Barcelona for £30m in 2014, winning 2 League titles, one fa Cup and League Cup.