According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are interested in bringing in Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan for the upcoming season.
Although the addition of the former Premier League champion would be an intelligent acquisition for the depleted Palace midfield, it could spell bad news for Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Crystal Palace future.
As Chelsea have appeared unlikely to sell Loftus-Cheek to the Eagles on a permanent basis, the best chance of the England midfielder returning to Selhurst Park would be on a loan.
However, if the Drinkwater rumours have any merit, then it would appear Loftus-Cheek will not be playing for Palace next season due to Premier League loan restrictions.
According to the Premier League’s official rulebook, “the maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.”
These rules dictate that if Drinkwater joined Palace on loan from Chelsea, then it would be impossible for Loftus-Cheek to also ply his trade on a loan basis at Selhurst Park next season.
This news would come as a bitter blow to Crystal Palace, as their central midfield options have been severely damaged after the departure of Yohan Cabaye and Loftus-Cheek.
The Chelsea youngster performed exceptionally in SE25 last campaign, becoming a fan favourite and thriving under Roy Hodgson.
There is still the remote possibility that Loftus-Cheek could secure a permanent transfer to Palace, but the Blues have shown no willingness to let the highly-rated Englishman depart Stamford Bridge for good.
Danny Drinkwater would nevertheless add experience and grit to the centre of midfield at Crystal Palace, but supporters would be left ruing the end of Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s time at Selhurst Park.