With the European transfer window closing in 10 days, uncertainty is surrounding Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s immediate future at Chelsea.
According to the Mirror, the midfielder is looking at a loan move to Spain in order to guarantee more playing time for the 2018/19 season.
It comes after the 22-year-old England international was left out of Maurizio Sarri’s squad for the first home game of the season last week.
However, other reports suggest Chelsea are keen to hold on to their player – at least until the Premier League transfer window re-opens in January.
The Telegraph says Loftus-Cheek has fallen down the pecking order behind Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic but it is thought the England international could still be encouraged to battle his way into Sarri’s squad.
The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is unwilling to sign a new deal at Parc des Princes.
AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona have all been strongly linked with the Frenchman but it is the Catalan giants who have come closest to signing him.
Mario Balotelli will remain with Nice this season, L’Equipe reports.
The 28-year-old has spent two years with Nice but was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera this summer, with south-coast rivals Marseille reportedly front-runners for his signature.
Nice alluded to Marseille’s interest in the Italy international when revealing that Balotelli had decided to commit his services to Les Aiglons.