Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has told BBC Sport that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku should join Chelsea this summer.
The Belgian, who is leading the Premier League goalscoring charts this season with 21 goals, has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer after telling the club that he isn’t going to sign a new long-term deal that would see him become the highest-paid player in the Toffees’ history.
The 23-year-old only completed a permanent £28m move to Merseyside from Chelsea in 2014 after failing to get many first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge, but Murphy believes he is now at a stage in his career where he can make a difference for Antonio Conte’s side.
The BBC pundit said: “Lukaku has already said he will not sign a new contract at Everton and, if he does get an offer from Chelsea at the end of the season, then it would be a no-brainer – he has to do it.
“He would be Chelsea’s main striker, playing in the Champions League and challenging for the title in a team which will give him lots of chances, which is exactly where he wants to be.”
Everton will certainly that they still can hold on to the Belgium international for at least another season, but if not it will take a huge offer to prise him away from Goodison Park this summer and it remains to be seen whether those demands would be something that Chelsea are willing to match.
Lukaku has scored 83 goals in 159 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees since initially joining the club on a season-long loan deal in 2013.