Struggling to find any real game time under new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, it appears Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be a man in demand come January.
It has been reported by The Sun that Arsenal managed Unai Emery is weighing up a potential move to bring the 22-year-old across London.
Loftus-Cheek struggles at Stamford Bridge
Bringing in the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic over the summer, Loftus-Cheek has found opportunities incredibly hard to come by.
With fellow England international Ross Barkley also ahead on Sarri’s pecking order, he has played just 33 minutes of Premier League football so far.
In desperate need of match time, Arsenal are reportedly looking at securing Loftus-Cheek’s services permanently.
While Chelsea might be willing to allow the midfielder to leave on a six-month loan deal, ESPN are reporting that the Blues are not willing to sell.
The 22-year-old’s contract runs until the summer of 2021.
Speaking earlier in the month, Sarri suggested that the youngster must get used to the demands of playing for Chelsea.
“He has to get used to the pressure”
Maurizio Sarri has told Ruben Loftus-Cheek to get used to the pressure of playing for a club like Chelsea.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2018
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has previously expressed an interest in bringing the midfielder back to Selhurst Park.
Last season Loftus-Cheek made 24 appearances for the Eagles.
His performances also saw him receive a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for the World Cup.
Arsenal’s impressing under Emery
If the reports are correct and Emery does want to bring the England international to the Emirates, it could certainly be an interesting option for Loftus-Cheek.
Despite losing their opening two games, Arsenal have started to adjust to life under the former PSG boss.
The Gunners are now enjoying a nine-match winning run and sit just two points adrift of the leading pack.
Emery is offering Arsenal a new attacking identity since Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign came to and end over the summer.
Impressing in the final third, only Manchester City hold a better attacking record than the Reds.
Looking to extend their unbeaten run to double digits, Arsenal will host Leicester on the Monday night football.