The Daily Express have reported that Chelsea have put a £32 million price tag on Belgium international striker, Romelu Lukaku.
It is understood that Lukaku is not in Jose Mourinho’s first team plans for next season, but while Chelsea would prefer to send the young Belgian out on loan, Lukaku has told the club that if they don’t plan on incorporating him into the first team next season, he would rather be sold this summer.
A number of clubs have expressed an interest in Lukaku. A number of Premier League clubs, such as Everton, where he spent the past year on loan, would be interested in signing the player, but such a high price tag means they are likely to look elsewhere.
However, Juventus have emerged as frontrunners to land the powerful striker. While £32 million may be considered overpriced by the Italian champions, they do have the funds to sort out a deal that will be reasonable for both parties.
Lukaku recently admitted that he felt “proud” to be linked to such a big club, enhancing speculation that a switch could be on the cards.
Juventus have also recently announced the signing of Didier Drogba on a two-year contract, who happens to be Lukaku’s idol – part of the reasons that drew him to Chelsea in 2011.
Should Chelsea receive anything even close to £32 million for the striker they paid £17 million years ago, their income from player sales this summer would rise to over £80 million, meaning the club could add Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to the signing of Cesc Fabregas without making a loss.
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