Chelsea have joined the race to sign Roma star Mehdi Benatia, and Jose Mourinho could be prepared to offer Romelu Lukaku as part of an exchange deal to land him, according to foreign sources.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing Roma paper Il Romanista, claims that the Moroccan has himself a new suitor for the summer transfer window, following strong interest from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City. Reports claim that Mourinho would be willing to part ways with Belgian prodigy Lukaku in attempt to sway Rudi Garcia’s mind concerning the future of Benatia, as he’s previously hinted that none of his key players would be leaving the Stadio Olimpico.
Despite recently handing John Terry a new one-year deal, Mourinho is apparently in the market for another centre-back, and may view Benatia, 28, as an ideal successor to his talismanic defender moving forward. The Roma man has impressed in the Serie A this term, and established himself as a key player under Garcia.
In terms of Lukaku’s future, Mourinho has reportedly already told Demba Ba that he will be playing at Stamford Bridge next term, and is believed to have his eyes on the likes of Mario Mandzukic and Diego Costa. One things for sure, as far as speculation is concerned Lukaku’s future in west London doesn’t paint a bright picture.