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Report: Former Blues Boss Shows Interest in Ruben Loftus-Cheek This Summer

The boy from Cobham to play under Sarri in Italy?

Maurizio Sarri's Lazio have a plan in place to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to reports in Italy.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Fulham, where he was unable to make any real impact as the Cottagers suffered relegation.

A report by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport via The Laziali stated that Lazio's sporting director Igli Tare is working hard to bring Loftus-Cheek to Roma to link up with former Blues boss Sarri.

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The Chelsea academy graduate impressed under the Italian in the 2018/19 season, making 40 appearances in all competitions and scoring on ten occasions whilst providing an assist a further five times.

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Having spent the season on loan at fellow west London club Fulham, Loftus-Cheek made 31 Premier League appearances and played a total of 1973 minutes but only managed to find the back of the net on one occasion in a fairly uninspiring loan spell.

The midfielder is under contract with Chelsea until 2024 but is unlikely to find his way into Thomas Tuchel's set-up next season so a departure is likely.

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The Italian club are looking to offer the Blues a loan deal with an option to buy for the midfielder, similar to the deal involving Fikayo Tomori at AC Milan.

However, Lazio's plan to sign Loftus-Cheek could be hampered by the player's salary demands. According to the report, one way to resolve this would require Chelsea sharing the costs of the midfielder's wages.


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