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Chelsea open to swapping Romelu Lukaku for Bender or Gundogan

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Chelsea could negotiate the possible sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to their advantage this summer.

Bundesliga title contenders Borussia Dortmund were credited with an interest in the Belgian international earlier this week, and, according to reports from The Daily Express, the Blues would be open to a potential swap deal involving one of Ilkay Gundogan or compatriot Sven Bender.

The German international duo - neither of whom made it into Joachim Low's World Cup squad following a difficult 2013/14 season that was disrupted by injury - are both key members of the first-team setup at Signal Iduna Park and each would improve Jose Mourinho's midfield options following the departure of Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard.

Quite whether Jurgen Klopp himself would be open to losing one of those midfielders in a bid to sign Lukaku is unclear, although the need for the charismatic boss to boost his strikeforce cannot be in doubt with top scorer and talisman Robert Lewandowski set to join rivals Bayern Munich.

Lukaku - who is likely to lead Belgium's attack in Brazil this summer with striker rival Christian Benteke ruled out of the tournament with an achilles tendon problem - has never really been given a consistent run in the first-team at Stamford Bridge, instead proving his ability during two highly-productive season-long Premier League loan spells at West Brom and Everton.

Former Anderlecht starlet Lukaku - who appears to be rated at around the £20 million-mark by Dortmund - notched 32 goals in total during those two aforementioned stints, a statistic that makes it all the more baffling that the player still does not seem to feature particularly high in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea released Samuel Eto'o - along with Lampard and fellow club legend Ashley Cole - following the end of his contract earlier this month, leaving Lukaku, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba as the club's primary forward options.

Chelsea fans - would you be content to lose Lukaku if it meant you could potentially sign either Bender or Gundogan? Which one of those two would you prefer? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

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