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Chelsea Are Willing To Let This Talented Midfielder Leave For €25m: Should Potter Let Him Go?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that Chelsea are willing to let Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave for €25m. It has been claimed that the Blues could let the English talent leave with AC Milan showing interest in recruiting him in the summer.

Loftus-Cheek’s Inconsistent Campaign At Stamford Bridge So Far

Loftus-Cheek is having an up-and-down season at the West London club after struggling to be consistent with his performances at the heart of Graham Potter’s midfield. The London-born playmaker has featured in 23 matches for Chelsea during this campaign, picking up just one assist in the process across all fronts.

Still, the 27-year-old deserves some credit for averaging 1.2 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 0.5 shots, 0.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after completing 87.4% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Hence, the Blues have got no choice but to cash in on him later this year rather than risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of next season.

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

Should Chelsea Boss Graham Potter Let Loftus-Cheek Go This Summer?

Loftus-Cheek can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. He can shoot the ball with power from long range and can create a few decent plays for others around him.

The ten-time England international can also use his strong 1.91m frame to win his fair share of aerial duels and make some powerful runs with the ball from midfield.

Loftus-Cheek is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also function as a defensive midfielder or play in the number ten position if his manager asks him to do so. However, he has struggled to be productive for Chelsea in the final third this season which is something that the player needs to rectify in the coming seasons.

Still, there is no denying Loftus-Cheek‘s importance in Graham Potter’s match-day squad. He is still good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge.

However, the English midfield ace is yet to pen a new contract. Therefore, the West London club have got no choice but to let him go for a cut-price fee in the summer. The Blues can afford to cut Loftus-Cheek loose as they have already got enough strength in depth in their midfield department.

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