Report: Chelsea 25-year-old could still leave on permanent before window shuts

Ruben Lotus-Cheek may reportedly still leave Chelsea on a permanent basis before this summer’s transfer window shuts tomorrow.

According to The Express, the 25-year-old is weighing up his options ahead of Tuesday’s deadline day. It is understood that the midfielder could exit Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, albeit nothing is decided yet.

The report explains teams from the Premier League, along with clubs in Italy, have expressed interest in signing the Blues player both on loan and on permanent deals.

Loftus-Cheek reportedly wants to see what offers arrive in the final few hours before deciding his future, despite originally planning to stay this season to fight for a position. Also, Chelsea are open to selling at the right price or including an option or obligation to buy in any loan move.

It’s going to be extremely difficult for the Englishman to break into the XI after returning this summer from his loan at Fulham last season.

Ex-Fulham boss Scott Parker described him as a “powerful, technically-gifted midfield player” during last season, but the competition for places at the Bridge is fierce.

Also, The Express report mentions concerns abut how he fits into Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 formation. 

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For Loftus-Cheek, surely he’s got to move away this summer in some capacity if he wants to play regularly.

He’s yet to make an appearance in the opening weeks of the season for Chelsea, albeit he was on the bench at the weekend in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool. 

It’s clear that he’s a long way off his best form as he was once a regular for England and Chelsea. 

There is a massive love from the Blues fanbase towards Loftus-Cheek after his journey from the academy to the first team earlier in his career. However, aged 25, he’s got a big decision to make about his future tomorrow.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.