Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek loan deal to Crystal Palace ‘confirmed’ by Premier League

The Prem website has the England midfielder listed as spending the 2018-19 season on loan Stamford Bridge

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK has signed for Crystal Palace on loan for another season… at least, according to the Premier League.

The Prem’s official website has the England midfielder, 22, listed as spending the 2018-19 season on loan at Stamford
Bridge.

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There is speculation the loan move is part of an agreement that would see Wilfried Zaha join the Blues permanently.

Loftus-Cheek shone at the Eagles last term – so much so he broke into the England squad for this summer’s World Cup.

With Roy Hodgson all but resigned to defeat in his bid to cling onto Zaha, it would appear he may have worked out some sort
of compromise.

There’s no doubt bringing Loftus-Cheek back to Selhurst Park would cushion the blow of losing their star winger.

However, as yet there is no official word on the future of Loftus-Cheek or Zaha – rated at around £75million.

Chelsea were already thought to be in pole position to land the Ivorian after Tottenham withdrew from the running.

Zaha, who signed a £100,000-a-week new deal at Selhurst Park just over a year ago, has rejected Palace’s offer of a new
contract.

And while Hodgson has fought tooth-and-nail to keep him, the opportunity to bring fan-favourite Loftus-Cheek back could be
just the motivation he needs to finally let go.

Elsewhere, Palace are also in talks with Red Bull Salzburg ove the potential signing of striker Munas Dabbur.

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The Israeli star, 26, scored 29 times in the 2017-18 season and has three goals in two games already this term.

However, the Eagles will face competition from Sevilla and Valencia for the forward.

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