Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, Loic Remy and Branislav Ivanovic during training
The Sun has stated that Spanish website Sport has claimed the midfielder is seeking a move after being left out of their opening Premier League game at home to West Ham United, and feels he will not be a part of new manager Antonio Conte's plans at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
The Sun also goes on to claim that the Spaniard's stock at the West London club is beginning to dwindle and it now appears that the 29-year-old former Barcelona midfielder is willing to cut ties with the club he joined in 2014.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane
But before any move for Fabregas can be made, Madrid are looking to offload midfielder James Rodriguez, as reported by ESPN. Speaking to reporters after Madrid's win over Reims on Tuesday, Zinedine Zidane said: "If you want to put another central midfielder into the mix then it becomes complicated.
"Cesc is a great player but it is not very straightforward. I am going to end up with a squad where three or four players who do not get selected. To therefore put another player in there makes it difficult."
Zidane, however, has made it clear where the situation is with regards to Rodriguez when he said: "James is here, I am happy with how he played and he will be staying here. I will always respond in the same way to that. I'm tired of having to give a response. My stance is not going to change".
To insist that the Fabregas signing is complicated is an understatement, the signing of any ex-Barcelona player is always unlikely to go down well, let alone a player that came through Barcelona's famous La Masia academy. But Madrid have so far been quiet in the transfer market with only Alvaro Morata being resigned from Juventus.
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante in action with West Ham United's Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate
Fabregas' biggest concern may be that new signing N'Golo Kante started ahead of him in the 2-1 victory of West Ham on Monday, and with limited opportunities, given Conte's players at his disposal, the former Arsenal midfielder may find opportunities hard to come by under the Italian.