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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move to Italian side AC Milan, with reports claiming the Serie A club could make a move for the 31-year-old midfielder in January.

AC Milan sporting director has confirmed AC Milan’s interest in Fabregas but admits the Serie A club is yet to decide whether to turn their interest in Cesc Fabregas into a firm bid when the January transfer window opens.

Fabregas has only made 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sees him as a backup to Jorginho in Chelsea’s midfield.

Fabregas started his first Premier League game of the season in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Wolves. Fabregas was an unused substitute during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday but he is likely to start Thursday’s Europa League tie with Vidi.

Asked about the signing of Fabregas, Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia: “We evaluated it, considering the possibility, but didn’t go all in.

“We are still evaluating the conditions.”

Leonardo admitted AC Milan’s balance sheet is negative and that could hinder their interest in Fabregas.

“There could be an economic sanction, we’ll see what happens,” Leonardo added.

“We do have a very negative balance sheet. We’ll certainly do something on the market, but we’ll take it slowly.

“Unfortunately, with the Financial Fair Play issue it has become a puzzle and a difficult one to work out. We need to wait and understand what we can actually do.

“The owners want to invest, but there are parameters to be respected.”

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