Chelsea striker linked with Juventus

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Juventus are keen to take Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku to Italy, with reports claiming that the youngster was disappointed at not being part of the club's plans this season.

Lukaku has only appeared ten times for Chelsea since his £18million move from Anderlecht in 2011. The Belgian striker was farmed out on loan last season at West Brom, but was widely expected to play an important role in this campaign for Chelsea.

However, the 20-year-old was sent out on loan again to Everton, with Jose Mourinho opting against keeping the player in the first team.

Lukaku has recently switched agents from Christophe Henrotay to Mino Raiola, who has strong connections to Seria A clubs - he masterminded Paul Pogba's move from Old Trafford to Juve.

Everton boss Robeto Martinez has insisted that their are no recall options in the deal and he will remain at Goodison Park for the rest of the season.

Chelsea have been widely criticised for allowing the striker, who scored 17 league goals for the Baggies in 2012-13, to leave with doubts over the form of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba.

Juventus will be keen to capitalise on any opportunity to capture one of Europe's hottest prospects if Lukaku feels his future lies elsewhere.

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