Chelsea could let striker Romelu Lukaku go the other way on a loan deal if they are able to finalise a move for Diego Costa.
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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could be allowed to leave the club on loan if the Blues’ expected deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa goes through, according to reports from the Mirror.
The report suggests that the Belgian international striker would be allowed to go the other way once Chelsea finally conclude the long-awaited deal for Costa, probably when he returns from Spain’s ill-fated 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.
Lukaku will be hoping to stay in Brazil with Belgium somewhat longer, although he was hauled off at half-time in their opening win over Algeria, but the former Anderlecht man knows that he will have to sort out his future once he returns from South America.
Various clubs have been linked with a move for the powerful centre forward, including Juventus, Everton and Vfl Wolfsburg, but the Spanish champions would seem to be a logical destination considering Diego Simeone’s desire to replace Costa with an equally physical and clinical forward.
The report suggests that the club are ready to allow Lukaku to leave the club on loan once again, after their asking price of £35 million was scoffed at by potential suitors, but the final call will be that of manager Jose Mourinho.