Chelsea leave two clubs waiting for Romelu Lukaku reply

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Chelsea are yet to respond to either Everton or Atletico Madrid over formal approaches for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and are currently more focused on concluding deals for arrivals, according to the Daily Star.

Lukaku's future at Stamford Bridge looks increasingly doubtful at Stamford Bridge thanks to the imminent arrival of Spanish international Diego Costa, who is expected to finally complete a £32.5m move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge later this week.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sell the striker if any potential suitors meet a £25m asking price, but despite early enquiries from both the Toffees and Atletico over his availability Chelsea have not yet opened talks over the talented young forward's exit.

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Mourinho has so far flatly refused to offer any indication that he sees Lukaku as part of his first-team plans for Chelsea moving forward, despite a hugely encouraging season spent on loan with Everton.

The 21-year-old scored 15 goals in the Premier League for Everton last season and relished the responsibility of leading the line on Merseyside under Roberto Martinez, but can the Toffees realistically afford to make the move permanent?


Everton would dearly love to make Lukaku's love affair with Everton more than a single-season fling and have already asked Chelsea if there's any chance of another loan switch or negotiations over a permanent deal, although they can't dream of shelling out the £25m price tag slapped on one of Europe's most exciting prospects.

Chelsea paid a quite incredible £18m to land Lukaku in 2011 when the forward was just 18, which means settling for anything less than a profit on the talent is just not an option for the Blues, particularly with Mourinho making a point of only spending money accumulated from player sales in recent times.

Everton will have to hope Mourinho is not prepared to give up on Lukaku completely and views further progression out on loan as a positive Chelsea will reap the rewards from in the future, although Atletico are also lurking and have the funds to complete a serious transfer coup.


Atletico will be flush thanks to Costa's sale and certainly in the market for a new striker to replace their talisman before the start of next season, which would make a move for Lukauku seem like a perfect fit if he can match undoubted talent to consistent performances.

Los Rojiblancos chief Diego Simeone has reportedly already identified Lukaku as a forward capable of attempting to fill that Costa-sized void, but like Everton the La Liga holders are also waiting for Chelsea to make their minds up over the youngster.


Simeone, Martinez and indeed Mourinho have no doubt been interested observers in Belgium's first two World Cup matches, but despite starting in successive victories Lukaku has looked woefully short of form and ideas in a lone front role.

Lukaku failed to touch the ball once in the opposing penalty area during Belgium's Group H opener against Algeria last week, whilst also fairing little better in yesterday's clash with Russia.

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots replaced Lukaku after 57 minutes of a drab clash and substitute Divock Origi went on to score a late winner, leaving his place in attack for the rest of the tournament under considerable threat.

The waiting game over Lukaku may now have to wait until Belgium's World Cup campaign concludes, but expect more movement than the forward's shown so far in South America once Chelsea make a concrete decision over his future.

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