In order to fund their ambitions for world domination, Chelsea are prepared to listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku once he returns from his loan spell at Everton.
The belligerent Belgian has enjoyed a second sensational temporary stint away from Stamford Bridge, registering ten Premier League goals in 19 starts for the Toffees and a whole host of clubs will be forming a disorderly line if his current employers are indeed willing to sell.
Jose Mourinho’s men now find themselves second favourites in the title race, available to back at 33/20 following their 1-0 loss at Aston Villa, though this still seems a fantastic price given their current position six points clear at the top of the pile.
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Next term is when the west Londoners will be ready to win the top-tier title, according to their Portuguese coach and it doesn’t look as though they’ll require Lukaku’s services to do so.
Links to Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are most prominent, but here are three clubs closer to home who should be breaking the bank to nab the 20-year-old.
The need for attacking reinforcements at the Emirates is evident, with Olivier Giroud the only recognised target man on the Gunners’ roster.
Arsene Wenger is expected to invest heavily in the summer and Lukaku should be top of his wishlist.
He is pacey, strong and, like Giroud, is an excellent link up player, as his five assists this campaign will attest.
Roberto Soldado’s shortcomings have been well-documented this season, while the form of Emmanuel Adebayor tends to fluctuate.
A big bucks move for Lukaku could be the answer who, unlike former record signing Soldado, is a proven top-tier goal-getter who could remedy the Lilywhites’ beleaguered attack that’s bagged a paltry 37 strikes this season – a total only Aston Villa have been unable to best in the current top half.
The money is in the bank from various high-profile player sales and, with Chelsea less likely to sell to a major rival either domestically or abroad, the Toon could be the surprise benefactors.
Talisman Loic Remy is unlikely to remain at St James’ Park beyond the coming season and, if the Tynesiders intend to build on the top-half finish they’re likely to land this term, they’ll need to invest in the sort of quality Lukaku possesses.