Whilst Palace fans everywhere had been hoping to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek make his stay with the Eagles a permanent one over the summer, it sounds as though Chelsea are dead set against the idea of letting the 22-year-old leave Stamford Bridge for good.
Luckily for Abramovic and co., Ruben still has a few years left to run on his current contract, leaving the ball firmly in their court in relation to a potential sale. Of course, if the player himself was desperate to leave it would alter things slightly but right now, there is a degree of uncertainty over whether or not Loftus-Cheek will slot into the Blues’ first-team at the start of the 2018/19 season.
Having made the move to Selhurst Park and played regularly for the first time in his still fledgling professional career, there is a good chance that the England hopeful would be open to the prospect of staying on in SE25 but as things stand, it looks as though we may be forced to take him on another season-long loan, rather than putting in a bid for his services.
As an academy product, it stands to reason that Chelsea fans are keen to see Loftus-Cheek break into their starting XI, particularly when you consider the underwhelming impact £40 million summer arrival Tiemoue Bakayoko has made so far.
Of course, were the future of their manager Antonio Conte more certain, they could plan properly for the transfer window the looms on the horizon but with no one (possibly not even Roman Abramovic himself) knowing who is set to take up residence in the Stamford Bridge dugout from August onwards, it’s impossible to speak with any clarity as to where Loftus-Cheek’s immediate future lies.
Would you be open to the idea of taking the midfield man on another season-long loan before revisiting a potential permanent deal in the summer of 2019, or would you rather we focussed our efforts on other targets as soon as the current campaign draws to a close?