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Chelsea put Romelu Lukaku up for sale for £17m

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Chelsea are willing to consider significant offers for striker Romelu Lukaku following reports of interest from Tottenham.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sell Lukaku if he receives an offer of at least £17m this summer. Chelsea want to recoup the £17m they paid Anderlecht for his services in 2011.

Tottenham are the latest team to be linked with the Belgian international, with the White Hart Lane club reportedly preparing a summer offer.

A swap deal involving Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa has also been suggested by some reports, and it seems clear Chelsea are in the market for a big-name forward at the end of the season.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and to a lesser extent Samuel Eto'o, haven't set the world alight at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku has impressed on his two loan spells, at West Bromwich Albion last year and currently at Everton.

But it doesn't look like he features in Mourinho's long-term thinking. Uncertainty over Tottenham's management set-up could scupper their hopes of landing the forward, with Tim Sherwood under pressure despite the 3-2 home win over Southampton at the weekend.

Roberto Soldado has failed to impress in his first season at White Hart Lane, while a revitalised Emmanuel Adebayor has largely carried the goalscoring responsibilities unaided.

Lukaku would be an interesting target, and the player's agent has reportedly already begun sounding out interest in his player in the event that Chelsea decide to cash in.

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