Jose Mourinho has a plan in mind to relieve Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea of an increasingly important cog in their side this winter, per a report.
The Blues have endured a rocky patch of form lately which has seen a gap emerge to Manchester City and Liverpool. While dips in form and individual errors have played a part, the biggest issue plaguing Tuchel at the moment is the injury list.
Central midfield has been particularly hard hit. N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho have all missed matches through injury in recent months.
That has led to Ruben Loftus-Cheek being given more opportunities in a Chelsea shirt than have usually been forthcoming under previous managers. Indeed, Loftus-Cheek has featured in each of Chelsea’s last 12 league matches and has racked up seven starts during the streak.
The 25-year-old has impressed on the pitch, though Tuchel revealed on Friday that he too has been bitten by the injury bug.
Now, according to Italian outlet Il Romanista, Loftus-Cheek’s revival this season has attracted the attention of Mourinho.
The Roma boss is stated to be in desperate need of midfield reinforcements in January. Loftus-Cheek is one name high on his list of targets.
Tammy Abraham could prove ‘decisive’
Roma are stated to be seeking a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer. Given Chelsea’s midfield has been decimated with injury this season, the Blues are expected to resist any Roma approach.
However, the lure of more guaranteed game-time could reportedly appeal. Furthermore, the presence of former Blue Tammy Abraham in Rome could be Mourinho’s secret weapon.
The outlet state Abraham’s presence could be ‘decisive’ in helping to lure Loftus-Cheek to Italy.
Other candidates Roma have reportedly identified to bolster their ranks are Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria and Austria international Florian Grillitsch. The idea of bringing former Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes back to the club is also mooted.
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