As one of the most interesting teams in Europe this summer, A.S. Roma have eyes on them like never before. The arrival of Jose Mourinho as coach has fans, especially Chelsea fans, intrigued. Though the Portuguese holds a rather strained relationship with Blues fans these days, few will ever forget the positives over his two spells as Chelsea coach. However, the manager clearly has a stronger rapport with those at the top of the club than some would have assumed, as he has made moves this summer involving Chelsea.
Already, Mourinho has picked up Tammy Abraham to help lead his Serie A side back into the UEFA Champions League. The loss of Edin Dzeko has seen the Giallorossi get to work on a new striker, with Abraham arriving a potential deal for Andrea Belotti being suggested. However, midfield is a key area of concern, and it is believed that Mourinho is keen to bag a player without much future at the club – Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The powerhouse was once compared to Michael Ballack, but has failed to build on a very interesting start to his career. Injuries and consistency issues have blighted his career so far, but a move to the Olimpico would offer Loftus-Cheek a fresh start.
Much like Abraham, he would be moving to a continental capital whilst playing for one of the most storied clubs in Italian football. Mourinho would also be able to offer more regular gametime, with Roma in the process of reshaping their midfield this summer. A rather middling spell at Fulham last year done little to ignite interest across the Premier League for Loftus-Cheek, meaning that a move to Italy might be the best bet for both player and club to find a solution.
Why is Loftus-Cheek set to leave Chelsea?
With so many academy players in and around the Blues first team these days, some are surprised that a player who is a natural fit in the Premier League is being discarded. His natural running power and height make him a hard player to get off the ball, and his excellent technique and distance shooting make him an unconventional threat.
However, the player has never seen enough playing time at Chelsea. Now in his early 20s, it is time for the player to find a full-time home an build a proper CV for himself. Loans at clubs like Crystal Palace have been useful, but Loftus-Cheek has lost too many weeks of his career to injury and loss of form. A chance to try out a new culture and to play for a club that expects to win most of its games make Roma feel like the ideal fit.
Add in that he has a former Blues coach who has a preference for midfielders of his ilk, and this might make the most sense of any of the moves that Loftus-Cheek has been linked with this summer. Expect a move to happen prior to the end of the transfer window.