Chelsea are said to be interested in making a late loan move for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez in the coming days.
The 26-year-old still has around five years remaining on his long-term contract at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, but is thought to be keen on leaving the La Liga champions.
The Blues are keen on Saul, but Manchester United apparently hold an interest in the Spain international as well, complicating matters for the European champions.
According to a report from the Telegraph earlier this week, Chelsea making a move for Saul was dependant on Thomas Tuchel offloading some of his fringe midfielders before next week’s transfer deadline.
On that front, the Blues may have been handed a boost because, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Roma are interested in signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Rome-based outfit, now managed by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, are considering making a move for the 25-year-old, with the proposed offer said to be around £16million.
It’s also claimed that Tuchel is willing to let Loftus-Cheek leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis in order to raise funds to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla, as well as sanction a loan move for Saul.
Recently, Tuchel spoke about Loftus-Cheek, who has represented England 10 times, and where his future lies.
The Blues boss said: “It’s too early to judge Ruben. He has everything in his hands. He can decide his own future.”
The Chelsea youth product has around three years remaining on his contract in west London, but could look for a permanent move elsewhere to play regular football.
Speaking earlier in the month, Loftus-Cheek said to Chelsea’s official website: “I had last season as a season where I can find my feet and it definitely felt like the start.
“I was struggling mentally and needed to focus on just taking risks in training and get that feel back.
“But it eventually came and I was doing really well in games, so I’ve had my injury and I’ve had a season now to get fit and feel confident in my body and this season is where I hit the ground running.”
“I feel really fit now and strong, and hopefully the injuries stay away,” Loftus-Cheek added. “Last season was my first full injury-free season which is a massive positive for me, because I always used to get niggles.
“Even though I was fit I’d be out for a week or a couple of days, miss a couple of matches, but last season was good for my body to be fit every training session and available for every game.”
Source by Football London