Frank de Boer is set to make Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek his first signing as Crystal Palace manager.
De Boer is close to taking Loftus-Cheek on a season’s loan after winning the race to sign the England under-21 international ahead of competition from Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton.
Chelsea sources have revealed that Loftus-Cheek is expected to complete the form
The 21-year-old made only six appearances for the Premier League champions last season and De Boer has moved quickly to bring him to Selhurst Park.
Palace are the only top-flight club not to make a signing so far this summer but the capture of Loftus-Cheek will kick-start De Boer’s recruitment drive ahead of the new season.
Loftus-Cheek becomes the latest Chelsea youngster to secure a loan move away from Stamford Bridge, after Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer joined Swansea and Huddersfield respectively.
Nathaniel Chalobah is in talks over a permanent move to Watford while attacking midfielder Izzy Brown could sign for Brighton on loan this week.
Chelsea are expecting a busy week of transfer activity in the next few days after completing a £35m deal for Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.
Conte’s squad fly out to the Far East for their pre-season tour next week and are working on a number of deals, including Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Diego Costa’s future remains uncertain and it is thought unlikely that he will be joining his team-mates for the flight into Beijing next Tuesday.
Chelsea’s squad return to their Cobham training base on Monday – though Rudiger will not be present after being given time off following his participation in the Confederations Cup for Germany – but it is unclear whether Costa will be there.
Last month Costa was informed by text message by Costa that he is no longer required at the title winners and he is angling for a move back to former club Atletico Madrid.
Atleti cannot register any players until January due to a transfer ban but there is a sense that Costa will return, possibly by playing for another club on loan until the New Year.