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Wolfsburg want Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea

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Romelu Lukaku's future at Chelsea has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, and it now looks as though another team have entered the race for his services with German outfit Wolfsburg declaring their interest.

Although the Belgian has enjoyed success at both West Brom and Everton over the past two seasons, his future is looking increasingly likely to be away from Stamford Bridge.

The exact reason behind his anticipated departure is unclear, however there was obvious tension between the big Belgian and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho when the latter came under pressure from the media for letting the former go out on loan while his strikers failed to fire.

A host of top European clubs are believed to be in for Lukaku - who will lead the line for his country at the World Cup - including the likes of Everton, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all in the hunt for his signature.

Those teams now seemingly face competition from Wolfsburg, with the club's sporting director Klaus Allofs confirming that they would like to lure Lukaku to the Volkswagen Arena this summer.

"If the player is getting cheaper, maybe this affair is picking up pace. But even then we won’t be the only club chasing the player’s signature," he told kicker-Sportmagazin.

"Actually we are looking at top-class strikers and we do not have any pressure. We are patiently waiting for the right moment.

"There will be some movement in all of this after FIFA World Cup tournament."

Of course the main sticking point as mentioned by Allofs is likely to be the price. Lukaku's goal scoring prowess for Everton last season - he scored 15 league goals in total last term - plus his starring role for Belgium at the World Cup with Christian Benteke ruled out through injury - means that Chelsea are likely to demand at least £25 million.

Atletico Madrid may be able to reach that figure using the money generated by the sale of Diego Costa to Chelsea, but Everton could well struggle given their financial limitations.

Tottenham shelled out more than that on two separate occasions last summer, buying Roberto Soladao and Erik Lamela for around £26 million each, so it is unlikely that they would baulk at that fee, although their chequered history with Chelsea in terms of the transfer market may hinder any talks. Spurs were close to signing Willian last year only for Chelsea to steal him from under their noses, while the same thing happened with Oscar and there is still some bad blood between the two over the Luka Modric saga from 2011.

Ultimately Lukaku holds all of the cards with Chelsea seemingly willing to sell - a good showing at the World Cup may alert somewhat more sizeable suitors than those already mentioned. Chelsea have shown with David Luiz and Juan Mata they are willing to do business at the right price, and if a big offer came from a big club then the deal will likely go through not long after Lukaku returns from Brazil.

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