Juventus step up interest in Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku wanted by Juventus (©GettyImages)
Romelu Lukaku wanted by Juventus (©GettyImages).

Serie A champions Juventus are lining up a summer bid for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, but may have to wait until a new manager is appointed after Antonio Conte's shock resignation, according to the Express. 

The Italian informed the club of his decision earlier this week, ending his successful spell in Italy, where he helped guide the club to numerous Serie A titles, but due to him leaving his post, all transfer activity has hit a halt whilst the club appointed a new boss.

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Now that Massimiliano Allegri has formally taken over at the Stadio delle Alpi, transfer business is set to resume, with Lukaku high on the Italian's wishlist.

The Belgium international is one of Europe's hot properties after Jose Mourinho made it clear that he is not in his first-team plans for the upcoming season, but rather than send him out on loan for a third season in a row, Mourinho and Lukaku are now both keen on a permanent deal.

Chelsea, who have already signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, are keen to sell players to raise funds for their transfers, so that they are not in danger of breaking the Financial Fair Play rules.

Mourinho is confident that he can raise at least £20million for the 21-year-old, and Juve are now weighing up their options regarding a potential bid for the striker.

West Brom loan-move

Lukaku first went on loan from Stamford Bridge for the 2012/2013 season, and he was a real success at The Hawthorns, scoring 17 goals in 35 appearances, becoming the club's top scorer for the season.

His loan-spell ended on a high-note after he hit a hat-trick against Manchester United on the final day of the season, during their 5-5 thriller.

Everton loan-move

Unfortunately for The Baggies, they couldn't strike another deal with Chelsea for another season-long loan, and Lukaku eventually ended up at Goodison Park where he had yet another fine season.

Despite injuries keeping him out for large parts of the season, the Belgium notched up 15 goals and became a real fan favourite in Merseyside.

Back to Chelsea

After two successful loan-spells, Lukaku is now keen to seal a permanent move away, and Everton are one of the favourites to land him, but Juventus are still showing severe interest in his signature.

Despite already having Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez providing the fire-power, Juve want to add Lukaku to their squad and will reportedly meet Chelsea's asking price of £20m.

The Italian champions were keen on a loan-move for the striker, but both the club and the player made it clear that a loan-move is not an option.

Lukaku said: "What I don't want is to be loaned out.

"I am 21 and I have been loaned for the last two seasons. Thibaut Courtois was loaned for three seasons and will be without doubt the first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper.

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