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Deal close! German outfit to rival English club for Chelsea outcast

Timothy Aiyeku

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It is no longer news that Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek is seeking a move away from the Stamford Bridge but what is yet unknown is where he would be heading to when the winter transfer window reopens.

English outfit Crystal Palace were earlier mentioned as the suitors for the young lad but they will now have to face competition from German Bundesliga side Schalke for the versatile midfielder.

According to a Daily Mail report, Crystal Palace will have to do a lot to be able to win the race against the Bundesliga side with both clubs ready to hand Ruben Loftus-Cheek a starting role when he eventually signs.

An attempt by Palace to secure the signature of the English player failed as the West London side refused to let him leave the club with the hope that he will be able to beat off competition in the Maurizio Sarri team.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek went down the pecking order in the Blues team with the coming of Croatia international Mateo Kovacic on loan from Spanish side Real Madrid.

However, suggestions are that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will wish to remain in England and will not fancy a move abroad so as to help him settle quickly to continue his progress.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.