RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK has reportedly agreed a move to Serie A giants AC Milan.
The Chelsea star will be allowed to leave the club as new manager Mauricio Pochettino rebuilds.
Loftus-Cheek, 27, has given the green light to a switch to Italy, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The report claims that Milan are planning for RLC to replace Ismael Bennacer, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury which will probably keep him out of action until the end of the year.
It is said that the clubs are in negotiations over a price for the midfielder, with Chelsea wanting £21million.
However, Milan’s opening bid is much lower at £13m, though the San Siro giants are believed to be willing to raise their offer to £17.2m.
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After Chelsea’s final home game of the season Loftus-Cheek appeared to wave goodbye to the club’s fans.
His contract is set to expire at the end of next season.
He made 25 appearances for the Blues in the recent campaign but only managed one assist and no goals.
Loftus-Cheek was one of the many players in the squad that underperformed as they crumbled to a 12th-placed finish in the Premier League.
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Milan are looking for reinforcements this summer after a fourth-placed Serie A finish.
The club have already reportedly sealed deals to sign Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada and Atalanta’s Marco Sportiello on free transfers.
Loftus-Cheek came through the academy at Chelsea and has made 275 appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals and providing 29 assists.
He won the Premier League title in 2016/17 and the Europa League in 2018/19.
He also has a Super Cup winners medal from the Blues’ triumph in 2021.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk