LAZIO are reportedly planning a move for Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Italy side expect star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to leave the club this summer, meaning they will be scrambling to the market for a replacement.
Milinkovic-Savic, 27, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and is arguably enjoying his best season right now.
Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri will regret his departure but could replace him with an old favourite.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Loftus-Cheek is Sarri’s dream signing.
The midfielder was a regular during the Italian’s only season at Stamford Bridge, scoring 10 goals in 40 games in all competitions.
In the summer he only has one year remaining on his contract with Chelsea.
Lazio feel he has similar qualities to Milinkovic-Savic.
A move for Lotus-Cheek could depend on their securing European football this season.
Sarri’s side are currently sixth in Serie A with four games remaining – two points behind fifth-placed Roma but just a point above eighth-placed Atalanta.
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The money secured by qualifying for the Europa League would help fund a move for the 26-year-old.
Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a first-team resurgence at Chelsea lately.
But his future is still in the stars.
Boss Thomas Tuchel recently asked him to “discover the monster in himself”.
The German said: “He has to push his limits, he has to be physical.
He has to discover this monster in himself
“Had a bit of a shy game against Arsenal like everyone. A calm first half against Crystal Palace and reinforced physically and with ball recoveries and dribbling in the second half.
“Suddenly there was a crowd. That’s what we ask of him. He’s a quiet person.
“He needs to discover that monster in himself and unleash it regularly because it is absolutely necessary.
“It’s not enough just to be on the pitch. If you look at his last few years, it might seem good because he’s a regular, but that’s not enough.”
“We can’t make him think it’s enough, he has to keep pushing himself.
“We try every day and given its development we are quite successful. He needs to understand how much potential he has and develop that physical capability on a daily basis.
“In training he must not let up. He has to be under pressure and play every game like a cup final.”
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