Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho wants the 30-year-old Spaniard to join him at Old Trafford as he plots to return United to the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Chelsea face a quandary over the deal. The Times report claims it is club policy to offer players over the age of 30 a one-year contract extension.
However, Fabregas wants to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge by two years and is looking for the same flexibility the club showed when they offered England defender Gary Cahill a four-year deal a week before his thirtieth birthday in December 2015.
For family reasons, the former Arsenal midfielder was determined to return to London when he left Barcelona in 2014.
Fabregas was a key member of Chelsea’s title-winning side last season and finds himself a pivotal this campaign as well. However, doubts hang over his future, particularly with N’Golo Kante close to a first-team return.
Having signed Timoure Bakayoko from Monaco in the summer, the centre of Chelsea’s midfield is crowded and with an international career still in full swing, the Spaniard may be lured to the north west by the prospect of regular football.