Everton keen on signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Everton are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer but face competition from Southampton and Aston Villa, according to the Daily Mail.

The Toffees are looking to bolster their options in the middle of the park, and it appears they have been impressed with the performances of the England international at Fulham.

Loftus-Cheek spent 2020-21 at Craven Cottage, but the Daily Mail claims another loan move is not on the cards for the “powerful” midfielder.

Should he fail to get into manager Thomas Tuchel’s good books during the pre-season, he will look for a permanent move, but his high wages could prove to be a stumbling block for Everton, Villa and the Saints, according to the reports.

Too much wages

According to The Telegraph, the 25-year-old is on £150,000 per week, and he has not particularly justified it.

Loftus-Cheek featured in 30 Premier League games for relegated Fulham, scoring once, but he did not do enough to help keep Scott Parker’s side up.

Unsurprisingly, the Everton target never looked close to earning an England recall, missing out on manager Gareth Southgate’s European Championships squad.

The Chelsea man impressed on loan at Crystal Palace in 2017-18, scoring twice and assisting thrice.

He forced his way into the 2018 World Cup squad as a result but has not added to his 10 caps in three years.

Loftus-Cheek almost broke into Chelsea’s starting XI the following season, bagging 10 and making five assists across the EPL and Champions League.

He has suffered a dip in form since, with injuries limiting him to just seven league appearances in 2019-20.

Loftus-Cheek still has a lot of potential, though, and while Everton are keen to take a punt on him, he would have to agree to a pay-cut for a move to Goodison Park to work out.

We may have to wait until a manager is appointed before knowing the Toffees’ transfer plans for this summer, but the Chelsea midfielder has what it takes to help improve our team and could be an inspired addition.

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