United are likely to offer €33 million, according to Sky Sports, to attempt to land the player.
However a deal remains unlikely – Tito Vilanova leaving as manager means Fabregas, who has already said he will stay for another year at Barcelona, will be further encouraged that he will get more game time.
If Fabregas was to decide to leave, it is also likely Arsenal would move in for their former captain.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.