Arsenal are apparently interested in Ruben Loftus-Cheek according to a throwaway line in a Mail on Sunday article about Harry Kane.

The 22-year-old Chelsea midfielder is under contract until 2021 and, although Loftus-Cheek impressed on loan with Crystal Palace last season, he has struggled to get much playing time under Maurizio Sarri.

In total, he’s played 99 minutes and started just once. He hasn’t even been part of Chelsea’s Premier League match-day squad since 1 September.

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TOPSHOT – Belgium’s forward Eden Hazard (L) vies with England’s midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek during their Russia 2018 World Cup play-off for third place football match between Belgium and England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

That’s in stark contrast to last season when he was a regular starter for Palace, amassing 1,965 minutes, two goals and five assists. Palace, unsurprisingly, are also interested in re-signing him when the window opens in January.

The Mail on Sunday believe Loftus-Cheek will ask to go on another loan when the window opens at the start of 2019.

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Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018
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Mail on Sunday 14 October 2018

Arsenal, as we know, are looking around for a midfielder with Aaron Ramsey set to leave, either in January, if they can get a fee for him and convince him it’s time to go, or, at the latest, in the summer.

Everton are also said to be interested in Loftus-Cheek who will have no shortage of suitors should Chelsea decide to let him go when the window opens.

Loftus-Cheek is currently valued at around £16.2m but we all know with the ‘English Premium’ he will probably go for a lot more than that when he does eventually move.

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