Real Madrid are plotting a surprise move for Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku as they attempt to fill the void left by Alvaro Morata’s switch to Juventus.
The Daily Star today carries the story that Carlo Ancelotti and Co. have honed in on the Belgian international due to his promise for the future, and will make an offer to test Jose Mourinho’s resolve. Lukaku’s future has the subject of hearty speculation since the end of last season, but the general consensus appears to draw strength from the idea that he will indeed be sold.
Lukaku at Chelsea
Despite having impressed during respective loan spells at West Brom and Everton Lukaku has yet to prove to Mourinho that he deserves a Chelsea place moving forward and, with The Special One said to be interested in dipping into the market once more to find someone to partner Diego Costa, his time could be at an end.
The 21-year-old has played just 15 times competitively for the Blues’ first-team, and his only real chances in the Premier League have come whilst he’s been away from the club on loan spells. As such it’s assumed that he will need to move away in order to further his development, with a host of clubs interested in taking him on.
With the best will in the world it’s difficult to find an argument to back up the theory that Lukaku is needed at the Santiago Bernabeu given their extensive options in attack. One of the main reasons for Morata’s departure to Juventus earlier this month was that he had limited opportunities to push himself into contention for a regular berth and, with Karim Benzema set to continue with the club, it doesn’t look like the situation would be any different from Lukaku.
Benzema is backed up by Jesse Rodriguez and of course Cristiano Ronaldo, which would leave very little room for an out and out forward like the Chelsea starlet, regardless of how good he may be. Having already spent exorbitant amounts on Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez one wonders if Florentino Perez will see sense and look to offload players of value rather than bring them in.
With his spells as West Brom and Everton having been so successful there’s many who are rightly tipping Lukaku for a bright future in the game. Though the young striker still has much to learn he’s already had himself compared to Didier Drogba, and surely what’s needed for him to hit the next level is a move to a big club where he’ll be guaranteed extensive game-time.
Liverpool and Arsenal have both been named in connection with moves for him in the past, though the former’s will have waned since capturing Loic Remy. As for the Gunners however, could Lukaku be the frontman Arsene Wenger’s side is crying out for?