Ruben Loftus-Cheek sends Chelsea subtle Cole Palmer transfer message


Former Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has sent a subtle transfer message as reports suggest the Blues could be targeting Manchester City starlet Cole Palmer.

The 21-year-old has an elevated squad role under Pep Guardiola this season following the departure of Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in the past 12 months but is not seen as unsellable. Palmer played a key role in the Under-21 European Championship success for England over the summer and has made a good start to life this season too.

The versatile forward scored a stunning goal in the Community Shield clash with Arsenal before also netting the equaliser in the Super Cup final against Sevilla just two weeks later. He is yet to start a league game for Guardiola though and has been left on the bench in the past two matches against Newcastle and Burnley.

As Chelsea look to strengthen their attack ahead of the summer window closing on September 1, Palmer has been sounded out as a late option to cover for Christopher Nkunku and Carney Chukwuemeka, both of whom are currently out injured.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed the interest, writing: "Chelsea added Cole Palmer to the list of targets for final addition. Chelsea want Palmer they’re set to open talks — up to Manchester City as decision is expected soon."

The Blues are also looking into the possibility of signing Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati as well as Ferran Torres and Raphinha. Bradley Barcola, Emile Smith Rowe, Jamal Musiala and Rayan Cherki are other names on their lengthy list of candidates to arrive as attacking reinforcement for Mauricio Pochettino.

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It appears that one of their outgoing players is a fan of the move for Palmer though. Loftus-Cheek, who left the club earlier this summer to join AC Milan after nearly 20 years in west London, has liked Romano's Instagram post, possibly indicating that he is a fan of the business.

It follows current Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson also doing a similar thing when he liked Romano's post explaining that Manchester United were keen on taking Marc Cucurella to Old Trafford.

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