Chelsea are eager to offload Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan before Monday’s deadline, and are willing to pay up to £100,000-per-week of his wages in order to ensure he departs Stamford Bridge – according to The Sun.
Chelsea are set to continue offloading players before the transfer window shuts after their £250million spending spree.
Ross Barkley has already left, signing for Aston Villa on a one-year loan deal.
Michy Batshuayi, Davide Zappacosta and Ethan Ampadu have all found temporary homes after being told they don’t fit into Frank Lampard’s plans for the season.
And now, Loftus-Cheek appears set to join them, with the Blues ready to offer him out to clubs before Monday’s deadline.
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The centre-midfielder hasn’t featured in any competition since he started in Chelsea’s opening game of the season against Brighton.
He was used as a squad rotation player late last season after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, which had kept him out for almost a year.
Loftus-Cheek, 24, is on a mammoth £173,000-per-week contract – according to The Sun – and his wages have made it difficult for him to be sold.
But club chiefs are apparently ready to pay the majority of his wages for the season to allow him to go elsewhere and play regular football.
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Southampton are said to be weighing up a move, while Aston Villa chose Barkley over him.
The Saints were previously in for Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien, though that deal has broken down.
The French midfielder is set to join Parma after Nice decided they would only loan him out if the deal had a permanent transfer obligation included.
Last week, Lampard admitted he had spoken to Loftus-Cheek about his future, and seemed to confirm the club would listen to offers.
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He said: ’m very open with Ruben. We’ve had a couple of conversations in the past week.
“Ruben’s fit as a fiddle, he can play week in week out if he needs to, coming off the back of a lot of work. He would have been playing games and fitter earlier, if it wasn’t for lockdown.
“There’s a possibility that Ruben may go out to play games, because I think that would be great for him.
“We hold him in very high regard here, I certainly do, and that could be a good option for him.
“If that’s not the right option, he’ll be competitive in this squad as well, because of the quality that he has, and, hopefully, be a big plus for us.”
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