According to the report attached just below, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is all set to become Frank de Boer’s first signing as Crystal Palace boss.
The Eagles are one of only two Premier League clubs who are still to make a signing this summer, given the late arrival of de Boer and his desire to get a firm feel for the squad’s strengths and weaknesses as a collective unit before dipping his toe into the transfer market.
Having now had a few weeks to assess exactly what he needs before the team begin the campaign at home to Huddersfield in mid-August, it looks to all intents and purposes as though he has settled on making Loftus-Cheek his first move since taking up residence in the Selhurst Park hotseat, adding more depth to the centre of Palace’s midfield.
Despite struggling to fully break into Antonio Conte’s first-team plans last season, hopes are high for the 21-year-old in west London, with the Chelsea coaches no doubt hoping that a year of regular games in the Premier League will bring his play on significantly, either resulting in a chance at Stamford Bridge or a hefty fee when coming to sell him next summer.
Having seen first-hand the benefits and drawbacks that come with a successful loan spell after taking Mamadou Sakho on a short-term basis from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last season, I’m left hoping that Steve Parish and the Palace coaching staff are working on a potential pre-agreed fee if Loftus-Cheek does indeed impress in SE25; without one, we’re opening ourselves up to a potential issue next summer, when he will need replacing with someone new.
Are you happy at the thought of Loftus-Cheek pull on a red and blue shirt next season? Will we see anyone leave to make way for him, or is this just a case of the club looking to add depth after the departure of Joe Ledley on a free transfer?
Let us know what you think in the comments section.