Milan Leading Lazio in Race for Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek

Lazio’s pursuit of Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to have hit a stumbling block, as Serie A rivals Milan are reportedly in advanced talks to secure the signature of the central midfielder. The news comes as a blow to coach Maurizio Sarri, who had identified his former player as a concrete target for the upcoming season.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via LazioNews24) reports of the Rossoneri in advanced negotiations for the 27-year-old, whom the Biancocelesti had shortlisted alongside Piotr Zielinski of Napoli.

Sarri, having previously worked with Loftus-Cheek during their time together at Chelsea, had hoped to reunite with the English midfielder and utilize his skills within Lazio’s setup. However, it seems that they may miss out on the player, as Milan have taken the lead.

Earlier in the season, the Chelsea midfielder expressed his intention to leave Stamford Bridge following a tumultuous campaign that will likely see the Blues finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

As they trail in the duel for Loftus-Cheek, Lazio might turn to some alternatives to boost their midfield depth. Milan appear frontrunners in the transfer race at the moment, and a confirmation is expected to arrive before the end of the month.

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