Romelu Lukaku is interested in the possibility of linking up with Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur.
That’s according to a report by Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport (via the Daily Mail), who claim that, after being left out of Thomas Tuchel’s matchday squad for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday as a result of his revealing interview with the Italian media, the centre-forward’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge is very much up in the air.
The report goes on to state that, due to his frustrations in West London, the Belgium international could look to force a move away from Chelsea at the end of the current campaign, with the former Inter Milan striker believed to be keen to link up with Antonio Conte once again via a summer switch to Tottenham.
While it is true that, since his £97.5m move to Chelsea last summer, Lukaku has not been in the finest form of his career – although his five goals over 13 Premier League outings this season is far from disastrous – the centre-forward has nevertheless proven that, under the management of Conte, he is something of a world-beater in attack.
Indeed, over his 36 Serie A appearances in Inter Milan’s Scudetto-winning campaign last season, the £75m-rated forward was in astonishing form, scoring a whopping 24 goals, providing 11 assists and creating ten big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.7 shots and making 1.4 key passes per game.
These returns saw the player who himself claimed was “ready to go to war” for Conte earn an exceptional seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.32, ranking him not only as the 52-year-old manager’s best performer in the Italian top flight last time out, but also as the joint 12th-best player in the entirety of the division.
As such, should Lukaku be able to refind this level of form after a potential switch to Spurs at the end of the current campaign, the idea of him playing alongside the 232-goal Kane in a front two at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be an incredibly scary prospect for centre-backs up and down the country, as the duo would undoubtedly make Spurs an immediate title contender next season.