Atlético Madrid are certainly short of striking options at the moment, with David Villa‘s exit to New York via Melbourne, and of course Diego Costa‘s expected move to the Premier League.
However there is one player that could be set to head in the opposite direction – Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku signed for Chelsea as an 18-year-old back in 2011 for €22 million, but has only spent a single season at Chelsea after hugely successful loan spells at both West Bromwich Albion in 2012, and Everton last season.
In his season-long spell at Everton, the Belgian managed to find the back of the net 15 times in 31 league games, helping the Merseyside club reach fifth place with a record number of Premier League points.
Clubs from all over Europe are said to be chasing the 21-year-old, including Tottenham, Roma and Juventus.
A permanent move to Everton also seems a possibility, however it seems Atlético are in the driving seat, after negotiations with Chelsea over both Diego Costa and Filipe Luis gave them a seat at the discussion table.
The Evening Standard, a London based newspaper, is reporting that, although Chelsea would be looking to offload Lukaku for €30 million, a loan deal is more likely.
Some comments made by the Belgian have hit headlines over the last few days, with the striker in Brazil preparing for Belgium’s World Cup campaign.
“Many clubs are interested in me,” said Lukaku earlier this week. “At this stage I have to look to myself. I have to have a good World Cup – that’s key for all of the players looking for a transfer, and I must be one of them.”
However in a seperate interview, he seemed to have a change of heart.
“I have a contract with Chelsea after this summer, and I am not focusing on any move to Atlético,” he is quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.
Is another loan move the right direction for Atleti? Or should we do our best to secure one of Europe’s top talents on a permanent transfer?