Another Chelsea man linked with Schalke

Action Images via Reuters  Carl Recine

Action Images via Reuters Carl Recine

Schalke have shown interest in the 22-year old Chelsea midfielder, making it clear they would like to make a move for Loftus-Cheek as the replacement for German worldwide Max Meyer, who is now with Crystal Palace.

The Daily Star say Chelsea are willing to let him leave before the end of the month and that German club Schalke could be interested. It is being widely reported that last year's Bundesliga runners-up Schalke have joined the race to acquire the services of the eight-cap England worldwide on a one-year loan deal.

Schalke have until 31st August to add players to their squad, when their transfer window shuts. They have been the main one to show interest in Loftus-Cheek but honestly, it doesn't really matter what team he goes to, all he needs is some consistent playing time.

Wilfried Zaha has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with Crystal Palace following speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge.

With Sarri encouraging his midfielders to have well-grounded defensive skills, the chance to learn under Tedesco and play regular football in front of a capacity of almost 70,000 every week could offer Loftus-Cheek some precious experience.

"He's potentially a great player".

The midfielder has failed to establish himself as a first-team player at Chelsea since arriving from Leicester past year and was linked with a number of clubs - including Leicester - prior to the English transfer window closing.

However, with summer signing Jorginho following his old boss to West London, the midfielder has embodied the "Sarri-Ball" brand of play and is a shoo-in to partner N'Golo Kante in Chelsea's midfield three.

As things stand, there will be competition among Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Cesc Fabregas and Loftus Cheek to get into the starting lineup of the Blues.

Loftus-Cheek was heavily linked with a move to Schalke on loan after he impressed during his loan spell with Crystal Palace last term.

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