Schalke 04 planning to sign Chelsea midfielder Reuben Loftus-Cheek this summer

Danny Drinkwater is expected to leave Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater is expected to leave Chelsea

Loftus-Cheek remains in contention to play some part in Chelsea's clash with Arsenal on Saturday.

The 22-year-old impressed enough at the youth level to earn a place on Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad, and performed well in his limited role this summer.

Schalke are thought to be among those poised to make an offer, but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be willing to let the 22-year-old England global leave Stamford Bridge - and Loftus-Cheek is said to want to remain in the Blues squad.

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The Guardian report that the Bundesliga outfit are keen to bring the player into the club on a temporary basis to replace Max Meyer, who joined Crystal Palace over the summer.

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The interest from Schalke would leave Chelsea with a curious decision. Loftus-Cheek has shown that he is a capable performer in the Premier League and the challenge for him is to now show he is capable of producing the goods for one of the top teams in the country.

With Kovacic not ready and Cesc Fabregas out injured, new head coach Maurizio Sarri started Ross Barkley in his midfield three with Jorginho and N'Golo Kante against Huddersfield Town.

Before the transfer window closed last week, Loftus-Cheek's team-mate Eden Hazard called on the club to keep hold of the midfielder.

When asked if he would be at Chelsea had Conte stayed, he told the Evening Standard: 'No chance.

"He is still young, of course, but I think if we can have him in the team this season it's a plus for everyone".

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