The Chelsea striker saga continues, as speculation mounts concerning the on-loan Romelu Lukaku. According to reports, his future at Stamford Bridge might now depend on whether or not Everton are able to secure Champions League football next season. Should Everton manage to overhaul Arsenal in the bid for 4th spot, Roberto Martinez might look to make Lukaku’s loan spell permanent.
Lukaku is in the 2nd loan spell of his career, having previously had a successful stint at West Bromich Albion last season. The 20 year old Belgian joined Chelsea in 2011, but has thus far failed to find the net in a Chelsea shirt in 10 appearances. Contrastingly, his loan form has been fantastic, netting a collective 29 goals in 58 appearances for West Brom and Everton.
Lukaku, still very much a developing talent, has already secured a regular place in his national side, slotting in among the so-called Belgian ‘golden generation’. With 5 international goals to his name already, there is every chance that he will feature heavily in this year World Cup.
Meanwhile, back at the Bridge, Fernando Torres has scored just 19 times in 104 caps, leaving many Chelsea fans wondering why it is the Spaniard, and not Lukaku, who has often been trusted to lead the line. Despite the numbers, Jose Mourinho seems unimpressed, and even if Everton do not wish to attain Lukaku on a permanent basis, reports suggest that Lukaku will be sold regardless.
There’s no doubt that Chelsea will be able to find a home for the young prospect, and his sale will no doubt be used to fund a more high profile transfer target, likely Diego Costa, come the end of the season. Other rumours suggest that Edison Cavani might become available, after his indifferent start to his Paris St-Germain career.