Chelsea must not allow Lukaku to join Tottenham

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With the trio of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o still struggling to find a real consistent streak this season, there is simply no doubt that Chelsea require the addition of at least one new world-class striker this summer.

Admittedly the latter has improved markedly in English football over the last few months, however with his initial one-year contract up at the end of the season it must seem unlikely that the experienced Cameroonian will be offered the chance to stay at Stamford Bridge any longer.

Jose Mourinho - who will be hoping that Chelsea's recent dismal loss at the hands of relegation-threatened Crystal Palace will not have too detrimental an effect on his side's hopes of reclaiming the Premier League title - surely recognises the team's obvious need for a new striker and, if recent reports are to be believed, is now in pole position to sign £31.5 million-rated Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa.

If this is indeed the case, then Chelsea fans should be feeling extremely positive about the possibility of signing arguably the most-in form striker in Europe this season.

And while the potential arrival of the 25-goal Brazilian-born Spanish international would undoubtedly provide an enormous boost to Mourinho and the club's fans, there should also be an element of extreme concern over other suggestions that appear to claim that Chelsea would be willing to allow a certain Romelu Lukaku to join Tottenham if Costa does indeed make the move to West London.

Now while we can certainly observe elements of friction between Lukaku and Mourinho concerning the former's loan spell at Everton this season, I personally do not believe Chelsea should not be looking to part with Lukaku, even in the event that they do successfully recruit Costa.

I mean, what more does the powerful young Belgian have do to to prove that he is deserving of a chance to compete for a starting berth at the club?

While he was raw and in dire need of experience when he first arrived at Chelsea, Lukaku has since thrived during season-long spells with the Toffees and indeed at West Brom, showing that he is fully capable of holding his own and even flourishing in the top-flight with the aid of regular first-team action.

If Chelsea really must part with Lukaku due to the seemingly unlikely event that there has been an irretrievable breakdown in his relationship with Mourinho, then at the very least they should look to attract a buyer from overseas.

Although Tottenham are in disarray at present under the hapless leadership of Tim Sherwood, the signing such an enormously talented player to spearhead their attack could aid them enormously in their quest to re-establish position in the top four.

It would be laughably premature to stipulate that the signing of Lukaku could instantly transform Tottenham into perennial title contenders, but there is no doubt that he is a superior option to both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado and would boost their hopes enormously.

Chelsea should give Lukaku the chance he has earned. They shouldn't even be considering letting him move across the capital at this stage of his development.

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