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Man City ‘in talks’ with Chelsea for veteran and enquire about Atletico Madrid ace – report

Manchester City have held talks with Chelsea about the potential of loaning or buying Cesc Fabregas and have also inquired about Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Thomas Partey, Ian McGarry has claimed on The Transfer Podcast.

Fabregas is rumoured to be in talks about leaving Chelsea in January, with AC Milan and Monaco credited with an interest in the 31-year-old, but McGarry claims City are also exploring the potential of recruiting the former Barcelona star and reuniting him with Pep Guardiola. The veteran midfielder would likely be a stop-gap signing for City and provide back-up to the overworked Fernandinho.

Partey, one of the most exciting young holding midfielders in Europe, would be a more expensive and long-term buy, and acquiring him from Atletico Madrid in January could be difficult, considering he is an active part of Diego Simeone’s squad.

McGarry’s information contradicts City’s briefs that they will not be investing in the January window, with his information being that they will spend with the threat of potential Financial Fair Play issues on the horizon.

City have been linked with a host of central midfielders in the past few months, notably Frenkie de Jong and Tanguy Ndombele, who remain on the radar, but wantaway Chelsea star Fabregas and Atletico ace Partey are new names in the rumour mill.

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