Paolo Maldini chooses Chelsea man to fill Franck Kessie void

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s move to AC Milan grows ever closer, with today’s article on the Daily Mail adding further details to the equation.

It’s claimed that Milan’s sporting director Paolo Maldini considers the midfielder the heir to Franck Kessie, who departed for Barcelona on a free transfer a year ago.

The Italian side are in the middle of a major rebuild after a disappointing follow up to their title winning season of a year ago. They have secured a contract renewal with Mike Maignan and Rafael Leao, two stars of their team, and have signed Daichi Kamada from Frankfurt on a free transfer.

Loftus-Cheek would take their team to a new level, adding physical size, dribbling ability and experience to their midfield. We can see exactly why Maldini thinks he’s the one for them.

The Mail article says that RLC could be signed by the end of June – but we would be stunned if it wasn’t done much earlier than that. The player wants the move, as do both clubs. There’s no reason to think all parties can’t have it wrapped up within a week or two.

We all know what Ruben can do, and frankly Milan will be getting a bargain if they secure him for anything less than €30m. If he stays fit, he could tear up Serie A midfields in much the same way he tore up Milan’s in the Champions League earlier this season.

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