The Blues have an offer from their local rival, after clubs struggled to pay the midfielder’s salary in this summer transfer window
Fulham has made a one-season loan offer for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after Chelsea made him available in recent weeks with the transfer window closing soon.
Loftus-Cheek is said to be open to a move to Craven Cottage, but Chelsea must be happy with the wage contribution from their local rivals and that he will grow with the Premier League wrestlers.
The Cottagers have made the approach and they aim to sign a striker and center-back to his side in the closing hours of the market.
The England international sparked the interest of many clubs, but he saw Aston Villa opt for Ross Barkley, who scored on his debut in the 7-2 win over Liverpool instead.
Southampton and West Ham have struggled to meet his £ 150,000-a-week salary as the Blues aim to pay off the smallest part of the 24-year-old’s contract as possible.
They will likely have to subsidize Fulham, who was promoted from the Championship last season and has no first-team members on such lucrative terms.
Frank Lampard is reportedly ready to keep Loftus-Cheek after seeing Barkley leave on loan, but admitted he could struggle for a few minutes in West London after a big summer of spending.
“We’ll see with that one,” Lampard said Friday last week. “With Ross and Ruben they’re both in similar situations. I spoke with Ruben last week and there’s an angle to that where he has to play football regularly and with Ross it was a similar angle. , even though he played more and didn’t have Ruben’s injury.
“We were all happy, and Ross in particular, to go play at a really good club at Aston Villa with Dean and John Terry, and what they’re doing now. With Ruben now, I’m going to analyze him within the team and what feels best.
“Ruben can really help here, but if I feel like he’s okay too, then that’s something I’ll be looking at over the next few days.”
Signings of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner brought down Loftus-Cheek’s team status in what has been a successful window for Chelsea, with £ 220million ($ 275million) spent on six transfers major.
Additionally, the Blues saw a deal with Juventus crumble for Emerson Palmieri after costs were deemed too high for the Italian champions despite their attempted buyout loan.
Marcos Alonso could leave, but Emerson is considered an easier sale for West Londoners due to his lower salary demands.