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Romelu Lukaku offered loan switch to Juventus

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has yet another top European club monitoring his situation closely with a view to a season-long loan switch, but Juventus have been frustrated in their bid to sign the Belgian starlet as Blues boss Jose Mourinho continues to agonise over whether to use the young forward next season.

Lukaku has spent the past two seasons on loan and enhanced his growing reputation on each occasion, scoring 17 and 15 Premier League goals for West Bromwich Albion and Everton respectively.

The 21-year-old is still waiting for Mourinho to decide if he has a first-team future with Chelsea, but if that's not the case Tuttosport are reporting that Juve would love the chance to offer one of Europe's most exciting starlets Champions League football on a temporary basis.

Juve have an embarrassment of riches in attack but believe Lukaku could offer something very different to the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Mirko Vucinic, favouring a move for the hotshot over a permanent switch for Southampton target man Dani Osvaldo, who spent last season on loan in Turin.

Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte did consider a short-move for Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to fill that void earlier this summer, but his high wage demands have scuppered the proposed switch and force Juve to focus their efforts on Lukaku.

Mourinho will have the final say on Lukaku's next move though and is keeping the likes of Everton, Atletico Madrid and Valencia waiting until after the World Cup before making the call, as he waits to see if Fernando Torres and Demba Ba can agree moves away from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have already agreed a £32.5m deal to sign Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, a clear indication to Torres, Ba and indeed Lukaku that the time is right to consider other options.

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