Schalke 04 preparing offer to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on January

Schalke 04 preparing offer to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on January

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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts

Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 are said to be preparing an offer to sign Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek next January but will face competition from Crystal Palace.

The Mirror reports that both the Eagles and the German side will try their luck with bids after failing to sign the player over the summer.

It has been suggested that Loftus-Cheek will be on the move in January in order to get regular playing time.

Chelsea turned down offers from Palace for Loftus-Cheek last summer as they were keen re-sign him after the England international impressed on loan last season and Roy Hodgson has never hidden his intention to bring the player back to the South London club.

However, the arrival of Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid and the emergence of former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley under Maurizio Sarri has made game time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek has been forced to settle for minutes in the Europa League and cup competitions, with Premier League chances coming few and far between.

For this reasons both the club and the player are keen for a loan move in the next winter transfer window.