Everton have reportedly registered their interest in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, although Blues manager Thomas Tuchel holds the key to a deal.
Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Fulham before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Tuchel soon revealed his desire to keep the 26-year-old in west London.
Loftus-Cheek has gone on to make 20 appearances in all competitions, including 12 in the Premier League. He is yet to score a goal but has put up three assists for his team-mates.
The Englishman, who has won 10 caps to date, recently emerged on the radar of Italian giants Juventus. The Bianconeri will need a new central midfielder if they let Arthur join Arsenal this month.
Max Allegri’s side have now been joined by Everton in the transfer race, according to the Daily Mail. They claim the manager-less Toffees have informed Chelsea of their interest in Loftus-Cheek.
Everton have seen their midfield options depleted by a couple of injuries. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph could both be out for a month after picking up groin and thigh issues respectively.
Loftus-Cheek would be a simple solution as he is a ready-made Premier League midfielder. The player himself could be tempted by the prospect of being a certain starter, which is not guaranteed at Chelsea.
Tuchel weighs in on Ruben Loftus-Cheek move
However, it seems Tuchel holds all the cards. When asked about loaning Loftus-Cheek out earlier this month, the German said: “We haven’t talked about it.
“He has a lot of game time, he has a lot to fight for here if we talk about Ruben and my personal opinion.
“Anyway, this will happen behind closed doors. When we have something to announce, we will announce.”
Loftus-Cheek has featured over 100 times for the Champions League holders since gaining promotion to their senior squad back in 2014.
His contract runs until June 2024 and he earns £150,000 per week, according to Salary Sport.
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