Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could send Romelu Lukaku out on loan for a third successive season, with Juventus keen to bring the Belgian striker to Turin after being dealt an injury blow to new signing Alvaro Morata, who could miss up to two months after suffering a knee injury in training.
This news comes courtesy of the Mirror, who claim that Mourinho only wants three out-and-out strikers at Stamford Bridge next season. Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have left the west London outfit, but club legend Didier Drogba is poised to make an emotional return to team up with Fernando Torres and summer signing Diego Costa, leaving Lukaku surplus to requirements.
Juventus offer Champions League football to Lukaku
Lukaku has enjoyed two fantastic loan spells with West Brom and Everton over the past two seasons, but has yet to cut his teeth in the Champions League.
Juventus, having secured their third consecutive Scudetto last season, can offer the £25 million-rated Lukaku the chance to round off his footballing education by competing in Europe’s premier club competition.
However, the idea of yet another loan move may not appeal to Lukaku, whose relationship with Mourinho sank to new lows last season.
Everton remain keen to strike permanent deal
Reports last weekend claimed that Lukaku was on the brink of securing a permanent transfer to Everton, with whom he scored 15 Premier League goals in 31 appearances last term.
On Saturday, the Daily Mail reported that a deal to take the 21-year-old to Goodison Park was as close as 48 hours away. However, with a permanent transfer still not completed, Juventus hope to turn the striker’s head following that untimely injury to Morata, who signed for the Italian giants in a £15.8 million deal from Real Madrid last week.
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Juventus move could be risky for Lukaku
The danger for Lukaku is that he chooses to move to Juventus on a season-long loan and then spends most of his time in Turin on the substitutes’ bench.
Argentina international Carlos Tevez is not about to lose his place in the Juventus starting line-up after 21 goals in his debut campaign with the club, while Morata is expected to come straight back into the fold after recovering from his injury set-back.
If Lukaku wants regular first-team football then Everton appears to be his most likely destination - but, if he still harbours ambitions of making it at Chelsea, then a surprise short-term move to Juventus could well be on the cards.