Juventus are reportedly eyeing Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a midfield replacement for Arsenal transfer target Arthur Melo.

The Gunners’ plans to bring in the former Barcelona midfielder on loan until the summer have advanced this week, despite doubts that Juve would not be keen to weaken its squad depth in their chase for the Serie A title.


The reborn midfielder has made 20 appearances for Chelsea this season

Melo, 25, has been unable to secure regular game time during his 18 months at the Allianz Stadium due to injuries and competition for a spot in Juventus’ star-studded side.

Now, journalist Fabrizio Romano suggests the Italian side are in the market to bolster their midfield options and are willing to let Melo go on loan to the Gunners – but only if they can find a replacement.

And that man could be Loftus-Cheek, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Chelsea academy graduate has completely turned his career around since sub-par loan spell with Fulham ended last campaign, cementing a spot in Chelsea’s starting XI.

Melo has made just 29 appearances for the Old Lady since he arrived in June 2020


Melo has made just 29 appearances for the Old Lady since he arrived in June 2020

The midfielder was previously regarded as one of the country’s rising stars, being called up to England 2018 World Cup squad and became a regular for the west London club under Maurizio Sarri in the 2018/19 season.

However the Chelsea academy product’s progress ground to a halt after suffering an achilles injury, leaving him unable to get into his club’s first team on his return.

Loftus-Cheek looked destined for the exit in the summer, but since then the 25-year-old has managed to prove his worth to the Blues – and his reignited form hasn’t gone unnoticed by Juventus.

Di Marzio has also reported that Juventus have identified the former England international for his technical talents and could even look to sign him on a permanent deal in the future.

Bruno Guimaraes of Lyon and Renato Sanches of Lille have also been cited as two potential replacements for Arthur Melo – however both are likely to exceed Juve’s tight budget.


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