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Romelu Lukaku is a summer transfer target, say Wolfsburg

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is being tracked by Wolfsburg for a possible transfer this summer as his future at Stamford Bridge continues to be questioned.

Claus Allofs, general manager at the Bundesliga club, has told the German press that Lukaku is one of the summer targets he and his officials are exploring in the transfer window. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho does not seem keen on the Belgium striker, despite his good scoring record in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Wolfsburg are looking to rebuild for next term in the hope they can go one better than this and get into the top four and qualify for the Champions League after missing out by a single point in the season just gone. Croatia international Ivica Olic was their top scorer from last season and the only player to reach double figures in the Bundesliga, so adding Lukaku to their squad should significantly improve their forward options.

"We are to sign a striker this summer and we have to wait and see which deal will be feasible in the end," Allofs is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

He was then asked specifically about whether the Chelsea striker was one of the options they were looking at, to which he responded: "Of course, but we also have other names in mind."

Jose Mourinho looks certain to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa at some point this summer, but could well be looking for further additions to his striking ranks. One extra striker is probably not enough for a side that failed to impress in that department, with none of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba able to make the centre-forward role their own.

Lukaku has spent the last two seasons on loan West Brom and then Everton, receiving lots of plaudits in the process and scoring regularly. However, reports like this would suggest the Chelsea boss does not believe he can fit into the system he deploys with the Blues, which makes the upcoming World Cup, and Lukaku being Belgium's premier striker, interesting timing.

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