Inter Milan 'consider taking Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea' with Blues' £17m asking price too high as Simeone Inzaghi bolsters his squad to take on AC Milan for Serie A title
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to move away from Chelsea this summer
- Inter Milan have emerged as a potential option for the English midfielder
- Chelsea's £17m asking price is prohibitive but a loan deal could be on the cards
- It comes as Inter ponder ways of bringing Romelu Lukaku back to San Siro
While the Nerazzurri weigh up whether to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from the Stamford Bridge club, there could potentially also be a deal for the England midfielder.
Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter are considering Loftus-Cheek, 26, who is likely to leave Chelsea this summer and has been offered to them.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave Chelsea this summer with Inter Milan a potential destination
Loftus-Cheek was used mainly off the bench by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel last season
While the asking price of £17million is prohibitive to the Italian club, there may be the possibility of a loan for a player whose Chelsea contract expires in 2024.
Loftus-Cheek would earn £3million per season, according to Gazzetta's report, which would fall within Inter's budget.
It would be Loftus-Cheek's third loan spell away from Chelsea, after a season with Crystal Palace in 2017-18 and with Fulham in 2020-21.
Though the academy graduate featured in 40 matches for Thomas Tuchel's side last season, he started just 13 Premier League and two Champions League fixtures, spending a considerable amount of time on the bench.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of next season
Inter manager Simone Inzaghi has already made one midfield addition for next season by signing 33-year-old Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Roma.
They have also been linked with Empoli's Albanian midfielder Kristjan Asllani.
Inter finished two points behind their city rivals AC Milan in an exciting Serie A title race and will determined to fight back next term.
Inter are also looking at ways to bring Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku back to the San Siro
Loftus-Cheek does have experience also of playing in the Champions League with Chelsea.
Though Belgian striker Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to return to the San Siro, even a loan fee of £20m could prove too much for Inter's budget.
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