Chelsea centre forward Romelu Lukaku could move to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season after his agent revealed he had held talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
“I’m looking for a club for Romelu,” confirmed the 20 year-old’s agent Christophe Henrotay in the Daily Telegraph.
“And yes, I’ve talked to Daniel Levy once, but that doesn’t mean Romelu will definitely join Spurs. That’s not a talking point at this moment.
“There aren’t 20 teams that can afford to buy Romelu. He won’t go from Everton to, let’s say, Swansea. There’s also a difference between Everton that plays against relegation and an Everton that fights for European football.”
The Belgian centre forward has scored 12 Premier League goals and assisted six this season in his 24 appearances. That compares favourably to the totals of Chelsea’s three strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, who have 15 goals and seven assists between them in a combined 57 games in the top flight.
Indeed, the performances of Jose Mourinho’s current options up front led him to deploy Andre Schurrle in a false nine role against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League last night – which backfired somewhat, with the German not sure where to position himself or when to make runs.
“I’m not happy with my strikers’ performances, so I have to try things,” said Mourinho afterwards to the Guardian.
“And with André at least I know we have one more player to have the ball, one more player to associate with the other players, and even if he is not dangerous because he’s not a striker, he can associate and the team can have control of the ball possession like we had.
“But football is not just about that. It’s also about scoring goals, getting behind, and that is for strikers. Real strikers. And I had to try. We are not out, and we have nothing to lose now.”
Still, despite Mourinho’s clear unhappiness with his current options up front, and Lukaku’s clear superiority in front of goal over the past two seasons to those players, it appears likely that the 20 year-old will be sold, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Chelsea have put a £25 million price tag on his head.
While Tottenham Hotspur currently lead the race to sign Lukaku, the White Hart Lane side can expect plenty of competition for his signature this summer.