Tottenham are planning to offer Chelsea £18m for powerful young striker Romelu Lukaku, who is open to leaving Stamford Bridge this summer unless Jose Mourinho can guarantee him regular first-team football next season.
Spurs are in the market for a new striker after Jermain Defoe recently left White Hart Lane for MLS outfit Toronto FC, while Roberto Soldado is still finding his feet in the Premier League following his £26m move from Valencia last summer. Lukaku, however, has made a huge impact in English football since signing for Chelsea in 2011.
The Belgium international arrived from Anderlecht as one of the most highly-rated and talked about young strikers in world football. His first season in English football was disappointing; however, he flourished during a loan spell with West Brom in 2012/13, scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League appearances. Meanwhile, it’s been a similar story for Lukaku this season at Everton, where he has scored 11 league goals in 22 games so far this term.
Impressed with what they’ve seen over the last two years, Tottenham are now prepared to offer the Blues a massive £18m in order to test their resolve, according to the Metro. Much will depend, however, on whether or not Mourinho can promise the 20-year-old first-team football next season.
Reports suggest that Chelsea will be in the market for a new world-class striker, despite Lukaku’s exploits, with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa all having been linked in recent weeks and months.
A move to White Hart Lane could prove tempting for Lukaku because of the Belgium contingent at White Hart Lane. The youngster’s international colleagues Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli all ply their trade with the north London outfit.
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