Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is almost certainly exit-bound from Stamford Bridge this summer, as he’s now become the No.1 target for German outfit Wolfsburg, according to information in the Daily Express.
The paper claims that the Bundesliga side, who managed a top-flight finish of fifth last term domestically, have dropped their previously long-running interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, and as such they will turn their attentions towards the capture of Lukaku. The 21-year-old Belgian has struggled to cement a future at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, despite having enjoyed two consecutive successful Premier League seasons with West Brom and Everton. The capture of Diego Costa in a £32million deal may well have all but hammered the final nail in his coffin, and a departure from west London looks increasingly likely.
Of course Wolfsburg are far the alone in registering a genuine interest in landing Lukaku, and newly-crowned La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are certain to provide tough competition. It’s thought that Diego Simeone has been working to construct a move which would see the forward following in the footsteps of Thibaut Courtois in moving to the Vicente Calderon stadium on a season-long loan deal, and English rivals Everton and Arsenal are also speculated to be in the hunt.
Having managed to find the net 32 times in the Premier League over the last two campaigns en route to securing a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad for Brazil this summer, it’s clear to see that Lukaku has the ability to play at the highest level of the game. Whilst Mourinho may not consider him to be possessive of the sort of traits needed to become the next Didier Drogba, a player many have likened the youngster to, it remains bemusing that he would consider letting him leave rather than giving him a chance to stake a claim for a first-team spot.
The trio of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o left a lot to be desired when it mattered for the Blues last season, and their combined labours only produced four more goals than Lukaku was able to notch on his own. That being said the Special One has always prided himself on his ability to do things his way, and it’s never cost his teams too much in the past.
With a little determination, and likely the ability to fend off Atletico, Wolfsburg could well turn their No.1 target into their first big signing of the summer.
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