Crystal Palace could be preparing a surprise move to re-sign one of their former loanees…
The midfielder had a hugely successful loan spell with the Eagles back during the 2017/18 season which catapulted him into the national side.
After frustration surrounding their pursuit of Morgan Gibbs-White, their focus could now shift towards the English midfielder who will reportedly be available for £17m.
Palace could repeat last season’s Conor Gallagher masterclass with a swoop for Loftus-Cheek, as a couple of English midfielders from Chelsea set to move to Selhurst Park.
Also, as a club that have previous history with this particular midfielder, it could be a match made in heaven.
Last season he managed 24 appearances, suggesting that even though he is relatively out of favour at Stamford Bridge, he has had enough experience this season to suggest he can offer something to Patrick Vieira’s side.
In fact, he has notched up an impressive 131 Premier League appearances over his career, and at just 26 years old, he still has plenty of time to improve and contribute.
Across this he recorded an average SofaScore rating of 6.94, outlining him as a consistent performer when called upon by Thomas Tuchel.
Perhaps making the move permanent this season would be a smart move, to finally tie him down and ensure he does not return to his parent club and break Palace hearts again.
A press-resistant and silky midfielder alongside new acquisition Chieck Doucoure could be a perfect move for balancing a top-heavy Palace side. Jack Pitt-Brooke actually labelled him “the perfect player in restricted space”.
The midfielder was also dubbed a “talent” by Sachin Nakrani back in 2017 when playing for Palace. Perhaps this could be repeated with a summer move.
To replace one hard-working English midfielder with another from recent years, who was also well loved by the Eagles faithful, is something of a no-brainer.
AND, in other news: CPFC could unearth their own £100m talent as Vieira eyes a 5th “huge signing”.