According to reports in The Guardian, West Ham United and Everton are two of the Premier League clubs that would be interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who earns £60,000-a-week according to The Telegraph, on loan this summer.
Well, The Guardian says that the Blues won’t entertain any permanent offers for the 22-year-old before the window slams shut on August 9, but they would be willing to let him join another top flight team on a 12-month loan deal – as they did last term when the England international joined Crystal Palace.
The 6ft 3in midfielder has certainly made a big impression for his country at the 2018 World Cup following an impressive cameo from the substitutes’ bench in the 2-1 win against Tunisia, before he started ahead of the injured Dele Alli in the 6-1 success against Panama on Sunday.
The Guardian says that Loftus-Cheek has no intention of playing a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge having featured regularly for the Eagles and helped them recover from the worst-ever Premier League start to secure an impressive 11th-place finish.
Firstly, a move to the London Stadium would allow the 22-year-old to stay in the capital, but a move makes sense for footballing reasons in particular.
The England man could effectively fill the void left by the injured Manuel Lanzini – who is expected to be out for the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign – which should mean that he would be a regular Irons starter under Manuel Pellegrini, who should be looking to bring these three former Hammers stars back to the club this summer.
The chance to link up with Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez would surely be tempting, and the presence of Yannick Bolasie, Ademola Lookman and Gylfi Sigurdsson at Everton make it difficult to see where Loftus-Cheek would fit in either in a central attacking midfield role, or even on the left flank where he often featured in for Palace.