Jose Mourinho is looking to sell Romelu Lukaku this summer, as he doesn’t believe that he’s good enough to play in his Chelsea side, according to former Blues star Tony Cascarino.
The retired forward, who played at Stamford Bridge between 1992 and 1994, told talkSPORT that he was firmly of the opinion that The Special One doesn’t rate Lukaku’s talents as highly as others do, and that the Belgian will be sold eventually. Numerous reports have linked the 21-year-old forward with a departure from Chelsea, but his valuation of almost £31million could well be putting potential suitors off.
Lukaku not good enough?
Despite having enjoyed successful loan spells at West Brom and Everton in the past two years Lukaku has widely been tipped to struggle to break into Mourinho’s plans. The former Real Madrid boss has already signed Diego Costa and Didier Drogba this summer, which would indicate that Lukaku is deemed only as a backup option.
That idea is something Cascarino wholeheartedly agrees with, and the 51-year-old revealed he believes the forward needs to develop further before he is ready to fight for a first-team place in west London.
“I’ve said before that I totally believe Mourinho doesn’t think Lukaku is good enough. If he thought Lukaku could come in and do a job it would have been a no-brainer, but I don’t think he’s ready,” Cascarino said.
“I’m not his biggest fan. I’ve looked at him over the last couple of years. He went to West Brom, was subbed lots of times, came on and had a great goalscoring record as a sub. He got a few goals and had a great run at the end of the season. Everton fans are also very undecided about him.”
It’s no secret that the return of Didier Drogba - who Lukaku has been likened to plenty of times in the past - is considered by many as being the key hint that Mourinho wants to get rid of his young striker. Despite the decent goal record he’s amassed whilst out on loan he is inexperienced at the highest level, and the Chelsea boss will be taking no chances next term.
Naturally there is strong interest in his signature, both from Premier League sides and clubs on the continent, though whether or not any of them will consent to paying what the Blues are demanding is another matter entirely. Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal are all said to have weighed up moves for the young striker, whilst Everton remain keen to land him on a permanent deal.