The 20-year-old is rated as one of the west London outfit’s most exciting youngsters, having already made 21 appearances at first-team level and represented England 35 times between the U16 and U21 age groups.
He struggled to hit the heights expected last season, despite registering 13 outings in the Premier League, but fresh managerial appointment Antonio Conte sees enormous potential in the 6 foot 3 midfielder.
In fact, the Blues boss is so convinced by Loftus-Cheek that he’s reportedly ready to shelve plans to sign a box-to-box midfielder in order to make room for the youngster in his squad next season.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of centre-mids this summer, not least including Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, Valencia’s Andre Gomes and Zenit ace Axel Witsel. But investing in Loftus-Cheek will save Conte a small fortune in the transfer market.