Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is eyeing a return former club Chelsea this summer as he seeks out the prospect of European football, according to reports.
Lukaku, who was sold to Everton in 2014 following a one-year loan spell at the club, has ignited transfer rumours after he announced he wanted to leave the club this summer following a terrific three year spell on Merseyside.
The Belgian forward has become one of the most sought after youngsters in Europe having scored 61 times in 127 appearances for Everton, including 25 during the most recent campaign.
His dazzling form has left Chelsea and Roman Abramovich kicking themselves, wondering why on earth they ever let such a talent slip through their fingers in the first place. At the time of his sale, fans were skeptical, but no one could predict the former Anderlecht striker would progress quite as quickly and spectacularly as he has.
Multiple reports suggest the Blues would have to fork out around £60m to re-secure the Everton target-man’s services, however, he could be worth every penny, and here are FIVE reasons why ….
17 goals in 35 appearances whilst on loan at West Brom; 16 in 33 during his first season as a loan player at Everton; and 45 in 94 since his permanent move to Goodison. Lukaku scores goals.
Lukaku is also the top scorer in any European League for a player who is 23 or under, having bagged more times than some of the continent’s other young talents including Mauro Icardi and Harry Kane.
The Belgian has four solid seasons of Premier League football under his belt already – one with West Brom and three with current club Everton – meaning he would need no time to adjust to the English game.
Lukaku has also played in Europe with the Toffees, finishing the joint top scorer in the 2014/15 Europa League having netted eight goals despite Everton crashing out in the last 16 to Dynamo Kiev.
Rumours are flying that Chelsea’s main man Diego Costa is set for a return to Spain and his old side Atletico Madrid this summer amid his frustrations at the club.
While it would be a shame if the Blues were to lose their top scorer of the past two seasons, if the move does go ahead, Chelsea will lack a first class striker. Lukaku, who would no longer have to fight for his place at the club as he did during his first spell, could fill the void.
Securing the services of the Belgium international would be signing for both now and for the future, as at only 23, Lukaku still has the majority of his career ahead of him.
Although it seems the young forward has been around for an eternity, Lukaku could certainly be a long-term choice for Chelsea. He is younger than Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink were when they signed for Chelsea, and all went on to provide years plentiful of goals for the club.
Lukaku’s frustration at his lack of opportunities was evident, never more so than when he refused to lift the Champions League trophy due to not feeling he contributed enough to the team’s success.
Having not being trusted to lead the line for the Blues – much to the dismay of the Chelsea fans at the time – the striker would prove his doubters wrong if he were to return to the Bridge and become their main man. There is no questioning his affection for the club, nor the fan’s for him so a goal filled return could be oh so sweet.