Serie B market, because Como will make a two-year contract with Fabregas even if they haven’t played for a year

Cesc Fabregas at Como: the surprise shot in the Serie B market raises doubts about his state of form. But the Larian club, in this way, will take advantage of the tax breaks.

A shot or a gamble? Certainly, that of Fabregas at Como it is a transfer that causes a lot of discussion. A world and European champion, star in Premier and Liga, who comes to play his last career seasons in the Italian Serie B? Of course, the location helps and the ownership of the Larian club can absolutely afford a profile of this caliber, albeit now in the downward phase of its parable. The doubts, more than anything else, are related to this: What can Fabregas give to Como on the pitch?

Yet, despite the numbers from last season at Monaco, the Spanish midfielder will sign a two-year contract. It could not have been otherwise: without the guarantee of a stay in Italy for at least two years, he would not have been able to take advantage of the facilities provided for by the Growth Decree, which will allow Como to grant him a lower gross salary thanks to his status as a “Impatriate”. Provided, however, that he stays in Italy for these two years.

Sinigaglia fans will be able to admire Cesc Fabregas up close

Sinigaglia fans will be able to admire Cesc Fabregas up close

In what conditions does Fabregas arrive at Como?

That he can do it as a footballer is all to be seen. Fabregas has just returned from a season that to define troubled would be an understatement. With Monaco he played 37 minutes in the qualifying rounds in the Champions League, 44 minutes in the Europa League, 36 minutes (spread over only two games) in Ligue 1 and 42 minutes with Monaco B, the reserve team of the Principality club, to whom he joined to find a condition totally compromised by injuries. From muscle problems up to Covid-19, passing through an ankle problem for a total of 38 missed games. Monaco, faced with this situation, preferred not to renew his contract. Yet admirers, between Spain and Italy, were certainly not lacking. We are still talking about Cesc Fabregas and even if he has already given the best of himself, in a medium-low level team he can still speak about him, injuries permitting.

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Dennis Wise, sole director of Como

Dennis Wise, sole director of Como

In the end he chose Como and the presence of had a decisive influence Dennis Wise, managing director of the club and former Chelsea footballer, well before the Abramovich era. But in Chelsea, in the golden years of his career, Fabregas also played there. A distant link in time, but useful for starting a negotiation with the player. It is not the first attempt, however, with an old glory of the Premier League. Recently, in Como, another midfielder, the former Arsenal Wilshere, trained for a few weeks, who in recent days announced his retirement from professionalism. On the second attempt, with another player who wore the Gunners shirt, Como scored the shot.

Because Como has proposed a biennial to Fabregas

Yeah, the blow. But to what extent? The doubts, as already mentioned, are about his physical condition. If it should be the Fabregas of the 159 minutes played last season, what can you give to Como that for tax reasons will put him under contract for two years? A legitimate question, especially in a team that, as a newly promoted, fought to save itself last year and this year, in a Serie B full of famous clubs, will have to elbow to try to fit into the top parts of the standings. A healthy Fabregas would undoubtedly represent an added value, but the doubt remains. What is certain is that to take advantage of the incentives of the Growth Decree, he must maintain his tax residence for the two years provided for in the contract, otherwise they would lapse. The choice of the biennial, for the Como management, was in fact obligatory, in order to save on the gross salary of the former Arsenal and Barça. According to what the team reported, his salary at Monaco was 600,000 euros gross per month, or 7.2 million (but with a different rate than in Italy). To accept Serie B, regardless of the reduced taxation, it is inevitable that he has lowered his claims.

Fabregas in action in Monaco against PSG

Fabregas in action in Monaco against PSG

If the field does not return a Fabregas capable of having his say to Como, there will not be many roads available. The fact that rumors are bouncing from Spain about a “promise” of a managerial future, always on the shores of Lake Como, is a sign of how the same company has thought of taking precautions should the experiment on the pitch not go well. In the meantime, the contract is there, ready, until 2024. And if Fabregas’s physical conditions are not such as to see him continuously on the pitch in Serie B, there will be other ways to go. Even in the worst case, if the two parties decide for any reason to terminate the relationship before the deadline, it will be possible to take advantage of the preferential taxation. It is enough that he remains in Italy until the end of the two years. Two years in which everyone in Como hopes to see him shine on the pitch as in the good old days.