Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku is set to become the subject of a transfer tug-o-war between Real Madrid and Juventus as both clubs look for striker alternatives.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Belgium international has been put up for sale by Jose Mourinho after the capture of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba this summer left little room for him.
Both Juventus and Real Madrid are looking to bolster their attacking ranks this summer and the report claims they will fight it out for the signature of Lukaku if certain things come to pass.
Mourinho’s opinion on the youngster signed from Anderlecht for a fee of around £20million in 2011 has baffled many, as he has not even been prepared to give him an opportunity at Chelsea.
The Stamford Bridge club had centre-forward troubles last season with Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba failing to impress when given opportunities. All the while Lukaku has been scoring regularly during loan spell with both West Brom and Everton over the past two seasons.
Juventus would appear to be in the driving seat for Lukaku’s signature out of the two clubs, as they are making him one of their top targets for the summer, while Real Madrid have made him a back-up option.
Bianconeri scouts want the 21-year-old to provide competition for the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and summer signing Alvaro Morata. Meanwhile, Los Blancos will only move for Lukaku if their bid to sign Radamel Falcao fails, who they want to provide competition for Karim Benzema.