Almost done: Maurizio Sarri sanction Chelsea deal for talented midfield duo

Cesc Fabregas is reportedly set for a painful departure from Chelsea to Monaco after bidding the club farewell following the 2-0 FA Cup home win over Nottingham Forest.

The Blues move closer to retaining the title and are in the semi-final tussle for the Carabao Cup. Chelsea play Tottenham at Wembley in the first leg.

Talks have reached an advanced stage over Fabregas’s move to French side Monaco, who are trying to escape the crushing jaws of relegation.

Fabregas will rejoin former Gunner teammate, now turned manager at Monaco Thierry Henry. Henry is strongly keen about bolstering his squad, with big holes in his midfield and defence.

Monaco are at the 19th on the Ligue One log and are on currently on the ropes. The French outfit are on the brink of relegation, three points away from safety.

Maurizio Sarri will not stop Fabregas from leaving, with a three-year deal already on the plate as offer from Monaco. Chelsea are already scouring for the player’s replacement and Cagliari’s Nicollo Barella has been sounded out as a good alternative.

But the Blues won’t put all their eggs in one basket and have picked out another replacement in Zenit St Petersburg Argentina international Leandro Peredes.

According to the Metro, if a move to get Barella fails to materialise, Chelsea could move to swoop the 24-year-old.