Chelsea are prepared to sell on-loan striker Ike Ugbo permanently this summer with several clubs already interested, according to Fabrizio Romano.

It is hardly a surprise that the 22-year-old has attracted a lot of interest, considering his fine season so far in the Belgium top division.

He has managed to score 16 goals in all competitions this season for the struggling Cercle side.

According to Romano, Ugbo is hesitant to continue his loan spell at the club and might even leave Chelsea permanently this summer.

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“Cercle Brugge, they want to sign him, but the player wants to go,” Romano told the Here We Go Podcast.

“He has many proposals and many clubs are interested.

“So he’s coming back to Chelsea, but Chelsea are prepared to sell him on a permanent deal this summer.

“Keep an eye on AS Monaco and Fulham, because they are asking for information, Eintracht Frankfurt and Sampdoria are also interested.

“So a lot of [potential] moves around this striker.”

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Chelsea’s reported plan to trim the loan army

An earlier report from Goal mentioned an option to buy that would allow Monaco to sign the striker for £5million through their affiliation with Cercle.

The report also claims that the Blues are keen to reduce the size of their loan group due to the new UEFA regulations which is set to come into force next season.

The new regulations mean clubs will not be able to send more than eight players aged 22 or above out on loan. The limit will also be reduced to six players for the 2022/23 season.

And as things stand, Chelsea have 28 players out on loan and 15 of them are aged 22 or over.

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