Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down an offer from Roma for striker Romelu Lukaku.
According to reports in Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Roma approached Chelsea over their willingness to let Lukaku leave on a permanent basis this summer after two consecutive seasons on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton.
The Belgian international has impressed during his two-year stint away from Stamford Bridge, and Roma are one of several clubs thought to be keen to test Chelsea’s resolve.
But Mourinho reportedly told Roma that Lukaku is “not for sale” because Chelsea are planning to “rely on Lukaku for next season.” That last part is particularly interesting for Chelsea fans who will be wondering what Mourinho plans to do with the young forward next term.
Lukaku has proven his ability to lead the line for a Premier League team, but it remains to be seen whether he can do the same for a team with Champions League aspirations.
But, according to the report, Mourinho is willing to give Lukaku a shot this summer, which could have implications for Chelsea’s summer transfer strategy.