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Everton eye deal for Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek in a bid to bolster depleted midfield

Everton want to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea as the club look to increase their options in midfield before the transfer deadline.

Loftus-Cheek returned to Chelsea last summer after a loan spell at Fulham and has been reintroduced into the squad by Thomas Tuchel, though the midfielder has struggled to command an automatic place and has started just seven league fixtures.

 

Tuchel is keen to keep Loftus-Cheek among his options, but according to the Mail, Everton are considering a late move to sign the 25-year-old following injuries to Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph.

The report adds that Juventus are also interested in a loan deal for the midfielder as a potential replacement for Arthur Melo, though the latter’s proposed loan move to Arsenal has stalled.

Speaking earlier this month, Thomas Tuchel said that a move away hadn’t been discussed: “We haven’t talked about it,” he said.

“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 came through the academy system at Chelsea and has had previous loan spells at Crystal Palace and Fulham. He enjoyed an impressive season in 2018/19 after scoring 10 goals in all competitions, but saw his progress halted after sustaining a serious Achilles injury.

He has won 10 caps for England, but has not made an appearance for the Three Lions since November 2018.

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