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Henry hopeful to land ex-Arsenal teammate Fabregas in January

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal v FC Porto

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Alexander Hleb (2nd left) of Arsenal celebrates scoring the second goal with team mates Robin Van Persie (1st left), Francesc Fabregas (2nd right) and Thierry Henry (right) during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Arsenal and FC Porto at The Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

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Maurizio Sarri has said he’s worried that Cesc Fabregas will leave Chelsea this summer, but might the 31-year-old midfielder depart earlier than that?

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L’Equipe reports that Fabregas could sign with a new team as early as next week, with AS Monaco ready to splash some January cash to reunite the midfielder with former teammate Thierry Henry.

Fabregas spent 2003-07 on the same pitch as Henry, who now manages Monaco. The Ligue 1 outfit is struggling mightily this year, and Henry needs veteran blood to steady his young group.

Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho is also of reported interest to Henry, who signed Lyle Foster of South Africa’s Orlando Pirates to their second team on Wednesday.

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