AC Milan are expressing a willingness to complete a move for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has an uncertain future at Chelsea.
Milan want to revamp this midfield this summer, whether or not they make it into next season's UEFA Champions League.
Ismael Bennacer is out injured and will most probably miss the opening few months of next season, while Aster Vranckx and Tiemoue Bakayoko, both players who have barely played for the Rossoneri, will return to their parent clubs Wolfsburg and Chelsea, respectively.
This leaves Milan with Sandro Tonali, Tommaso Pobega and Rade Krunic as their only three options at the heart of midfield. Therefore, aside from a move for a younger and more mobile striker, their main priority is to get a midfielder in this summer.
Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek has emerged as a priority target for the Rossoneri in recent weeks, with The Goalpost understanding that Milan are looking to the Premier League yet again for possible reinforcements.
The English midfielder's contract at Chelsea expires in June 2024, and the Blues are reportedly open to a sale to avoid potentially losing him for free next January. Additionally, Chelsea's squad is very bloated, with the club's management being eager to let go of a number of players in order to bring the squad size back down to a more manageable level.
Milan view him as a good player to pursue, with the 27-year-old also keen on the move, with a move abroad potentially freeing him up to express himself even more, regain form, and progress, in a similar way to what Fikayo Tomori has done.
However, given Chelsea want €25 million for him, a move for Loftus-Cheek could also be a very huge risk, especially when considering the struggles that other Premier League exports have had in Milan, such as Bakayoko and Divock Origi.
Milan are pushing for a loan with a buy option, and talks are ongoing over the nature of the deal to be completed.
Personal terms might not be an issue, with him eager to join the club, albeit most probably being forced to take a pay cut from the €9 million per season that he earns at Chelsea.
Loftus-Cheek has emerged as one of the regulars in a Chelsea side that has endured a horrific season, featuring in a wide array of positions, from deep in defensive midfield, to a box-to-box midfielder, as well as out wide on the right. He has racked up 32 appearances in all competitions, the third-most he has got in a single season for Chelsea, only bettered by his 2018/19 and 2021/22 seasons.
The Englishman has had a number of problems with injuries over the years, stifling his progress. However, a move to Italy might just be the decision that could revive his career and give both him and Milan the push that they need after a disappointing campaign.