Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is a step closer to securing a move to Serie A after Italian media, TuttoSPORT, reported that Juventus club officials have met with the Belgium international's agent to discuss the possibility of a loan move to Turin.
The 21-year old joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, for a fee around £10 million pounds, but has spent the last two seasons on loan with West Brom and Everton.
Surplus to requirements
Despite scoring freely for both clubs, it is clear Jose Mourinho is not prepared to give the talented striker an opportunity at Stamford Bridge, and with the arrival of Diego Costa and speculation linking a host of other top strikers to the club, Lukaku could very well spend another season out on loan or warming the bench if he doesn't secure a permanent move.
Lukaku has attracted plenty of interest from Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool however it appears that Juventus have emerged has favourites over the last 24 hours.
All change at Juventus
Much has changed in Turin over the last week, following the sudden resignation of their manager Antonio Conte, for reasons that are thought to be a difference of opinion with the board over the summer transfer dealings.
Juventus were forced to move quickly in finding a replacement in what will be viewed as a damage limitation exercise, with former AC Milan tactician, Massimiliano Allegri, taking over on a €2 million-a-year deal for the next two years.
Allegri has already expressed an interest in PSG's talented Argentine, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and has been attempting to get the Alvaro Morata deal back on track after the player returned to Madrid following Conte's resignation.
Romelu Lukaku is next on the list for the Serie A Champions who have already expressed an interest in bringing the player on loan several months ago.
Tottenham are reportedly preparing to offer Chelsea £20 million for the striker, however with no Champions League football available at White Heart Lane, one expects he will dismiss the move altogether.
This leaves Juventus in the running with the club looking to secure another loan move for the player which appears to be his best option at this stage.
At just 21-years of age, getting some Serie A and Champions League experience under his belt is exactly what he needs going forward, and a good showing could very well lead to that permanent move he so desperately wants.
Lukaku needs a permanent
Chelsea have valued the player at around £25 million, a large sum of money for a player that has no experience in Europe. With this in mind, another season out on loan to a club like Juventus would be ideal for the talented striker.