Ruben Loftus-Cheek ‘pushing for Chelsea transfer exit to play abroad as ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri targets Lazio move’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek ‘pushing for Chelsea transfer exit to play abroad as ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri targets Lazio move’

May 12, 2022

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK is pushing for a transfer exit from Chelsea, according to reports.

And the Blues midfielder, 26, could be set for a reunion with former boss Maurizio Sarri.


According to Corriere dello Sport, Loftus-Cheek will be allowed to leave the boyhood club he joined way back in 2004 aged eight.

And it is thought the ten-cap England ace is keen to test himself by playing abroad.

Lazio finally look set to lose Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer with Manchester United among the interested parties.

And Loftus-Cheek is viewed as a suitable replacement by manager Sarri.

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The pair worked together at Chelsea in 2018-19 – in fact it was RLC's best season with the club.

He made a personal record of 40 appearances and scored ten of his 13 career Blues goals in that campaign as Sarri led Chelsea to the Europa League title and League Cup final.

However, finances could prove a stumbling block for the potential deal with Lazio unlikely to match his current wages of £3million per year – or £57,000 per week.

As a result, Loftus-Cheek could join the Serie A side on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent switch in 2023, by which time he will have 12 months left on his Stamford Bridge contract.

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The former Crystal Palace loanee spent last season with Fulham.

But Thomas Tuchel has included him in his plans this term and trusted him in some of their biggest games, including away at Real Madrid.

Loftus-Cheek has been forced to be versatile, spreading his 38 appearances across midfield, wing-back and centre-back.

However, with Conor Gallagher expected to return to west London, he may be pushed further down the pecking order and seek a way out.

Should he make the transfer to Rome and impress, the star could be an outside bet for the Three Lions' World Cup squad – four years after shining in Russia.

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