Zenit plot £20m summer offer for Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku could face a reunion with former Chelsea manager Andre-Villas Boas this summer, with reports suggesting that Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg are plotting a big bid for his services.

This information comes courtesy of The Daily Express, who report that Zenit are preparing to bid £20 million for the powerful striker who has seen his future come under increased scrutiny of late.

Although clearly a talented young striker, Lukaku - who joined Chelsea from Anderlecht back in 2011 - has rarely been given the opportunity to shine as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge. 

Instead, the 21-year-old has been dispatched for two consecutive season-long loans - with West Brom and Everton respectively.

Unsurprisingly, Lukaku - who will be expected to lead the line for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil following the injury sustained by compatriot and Aston Villa frontman Christian Benteke - flourished at both The Hawthorns and Goodison Park, proving that he easily has what it takes to compete regularly in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho clearly intends to radically alter his Chelsea strikeforce in time for next season, with the trio of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o having done preciously little to prove to the Portuguese that they are capable of delivering regular silverware during his second stint at the club.

At this stage it is a mystery as to whether Lukaku features prominently in Mourinho's plans for 2014/15 and beyond. If he doesn't, then a £20 million offer could surely prove tempting.

Whether Lukaku himself will be content to move to Russia is another matter entirely, with the player not exactly having been complimentary towards his former manager who seemingly did not give him a chance when he first arrived in English football.

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