New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has identified central midfield as an area in which the club can improve while addressing the future of club captain Gary Cahill.
The one thing that has been constant at Chelsea has been the change in managerial positions ever since Roman Abramovich took over the club.
With Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane having left Real Madrid already, new coach Julen Lopetegui has a few fires to kill, and as many as eight stars could also be on their way out of the club. And Roberto Martinez has now encouraged the Belgian star to quit Chelsea and join Madrid.
He enjoyed a stellar World Cup helping Belgium to a third-placed finish - their best ever in the tournament. "He is the best player at the club and we need Chelsea to keep the best players", Fabregas told a news conference ahead of the club's first preseason game against Perth Glory on Monday.
Chelsea acquired Maurizio Sarri's trusty midfielder Jorginho mere hours after announcing the former Napoli boss as Antonio Conte's replacement, but their second summer signing could well be a very odd one.
Sarri says he doesn't just want to phone the players who have yet to return to preseason training because a "telephone call without looking in their eyes will not give any certainty".
"I think our task as managers is growing the players that we have".
"I want to clarify that I am more of a field manager than general manager". But given that the Frenchman wants to start a new chapter in his career, if Barcelona aren't interested there are more than a few Premier League and even Bundesliga sides who want Ousmane Dembele in their team-sheets.
Last season, Chelsea finished 30 points behind champions Manchester City, managed by Sarri's friend Pep Guardiola.