Juventus identify Ruben Loftus-Cheek as first option to reinforce their midfield — report

Due to injuries and poor performances from those initially ahead of (or next to) him in the midfield pecking order, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the newly crowned Chelsea centurion, has played an unexpectedly major (and most welcome) role in our season thus far, earning his 20th appearance last night.

But, with only two years left on his contract in the summer, it remains to be seen whether this resurgence can continue and even translate into a sustained spell at the club beyond this season. Ruben has been terrific, even spectacular at times, but he has lacked consistency and has not reached the heights predicted for him before his Achilles tear a few years ago. Of all, he’s still only 25 — almost 26 — and has a long career ahead of him, but Chelsea’s midfield is already packed, with additional possibilities expected to arrive next season from the Loan Army, the Academy, or the transfer market.

Juventus have put Loftus-Cheek at the top of their midfield shortlist, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, should they find themselves in need of one now — for example, if Arthur Melo leaves the club (maybe to Arsenal?) — or later, if they try to rebuild after back-to-back disappointing seasons.

Ruben was linked with AS Roma earlier this season, and Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio could be keeping an eye on the situation as well. This is all speculative for now, but it’s something to keep an eye on throughout the transfer window.

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