Another Chelsea man linked with Schalke

Heather Diaz
August 17, 2018

The Bundesliga could be a possible destination with Schalke, who failed to sign team-mate Loftus-Cheek on loan, understood to be intersted.

Chelsea has until the end of August to loan off players to other clubs in Europe.

The German transfer window does not close until the end of August and Schalke are ready to tempt Chelsea into letting them have the England global for the rest of the campaign.

This is an opportunity for Loftus-Cheek to be in a starting lineup on a consistent basis and be a presence in the midfield.

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.

The Blues are top-heavy with midfielders and Drinkwater is competing against £57m Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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Notably, Schalke even have the ability to offer the young central midfielder something that even Roman Abramovich can not give him... Tiemoue Bakayoko is no longer a rival, though, having completed a season-long loan move to AC Milan on Tuesday with an option to make the move permanent next summer.

The former Manchester United ace was the Eagles star performer last term after netting nine times alongside five assists in 29 matches.

Maurizio Sarri has given Chelsea the green light to offload midfielder Danny Drinkwater before the end of the month, reports say.

If Kovacic is ready, he will come into contention to battle with Barkley and Loftus-Cheek for Chelsea's third midfield spot.

He told chelseafc.com: "I am so happy I was able to play in a few of the games, and contribute to a massive World Cup for England as a nation".

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