Everton looking to loan Chelsea prodigy
With first team places inevitably difficult to come by at Stamford Bridge, it appears that Romelu Lukaku is likely to be farmed out on loan next season and Everton are just the latest in a long line of suitors looking to take the youngster on a temporary deal.
The Blues signed Lukaku from Anderlecht last summer in a deal thought to cost around £18m but Lukaku went on to make just one start for the West London outfit all campaign.
Admittedly though, the teenager is more of a prospect for the future, regardless of his achievements in the Jupiler League and needs first team action at a lower standard before he makes his eventual burst into the Chelsea line-up.
The 19 year-old has made nine starts in the Premier Reserve League this campaign, scoring seven goals and registering two assists in the process.
Everton have done well in their achievement of seventh place this season but will still be expected to survive on a somewhat shoestring budget this summer, consisting mostly of loan transfers and cut-price deals.
David Moyes will see Denis Stracqualursi head back to Argentina at the end of this season following the end of his loan deal at Goodison Park and the Merseysiders aren’t expected to make the move a permanent one.
On top of that, Victor Anichebe is being tipped to follow Louis Saha out of Goodison Park for an Everton departure, making more room in the Toffees’ attacking line.
This would leave Nikica Jelavic as the main attacker at the club but the introduction of Romelu Lukaku would be a welcome one if he were able to replicate even half the form he displayed in his native Belgium.
Whilst at Anderlecht, Lukaku scored 40 goals and made 20 assists, racking up over 50 appearances for the club in both of his seasons as a senior player there.
Everton would undoubtedly prefer a move for a more expensive and established hitman but Lukaku’s arrival at the club would fit in with the club’s transfer policy.
Chelsea may also be open to the deal with Premier League starlets such as Daniel Sturridge, Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley all profiting greatly from similar deals in the past.