Ruben Loftus-Cheek moving to Southampton this summer would work for both parties, says former Saints midfielder Carlton Palmer.
The 25-year-old spent the 2020/21 season out on loan at Fulham but now wants to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place, claims Telegraph journalist Matt Law speaking on the London Is Blue podcast.
However, the competition at the European champions, with Thomas Tuchel having the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho to call upon when it comes to his midfield options, could easily push Loftus-Cheek out once again.
Southampton are said to be one club interested in the English midfielder, according to the MailOnline, and Palmer believes a move to St. Mary’s could be a good option.
“It works for both parties,” the ex-Southampton player exclusively told FFC. “He needs to play. He’s been injured and he needs to play.
“It’s down south, so it works. All these young players, there’s no point not playing, sitting on the bench – you’re not improving.”
Loftus-Cheek is also reportedly attracting interest from Lazio, where his former boss Maurizio Sarri is now managing, so Southampton could face some serious competition.
The England international is worth it, though. He is a quality player, as he showed under Sarri, catching the attention of Alan Shearer, who was impressed whenever he saw him play.