Romelu Lukaku and Swansea: The perfect loan match?

Swansea City are reportedly interested in taking the Chelsea striker if he is sent out on loan again this summer, and all parties could benefit from the move.

Having scored 13 goals despite only starting 15 league games for West Brom this season, and with Chelsea's current senior strikers struggling to find the net consistently, Romelu Lukaku might be disappointed if he was not given a chance to lead the line for the Blues next season.

However the indications are that Chelsea will seek to bring in a superstar forward this summer, with Radamel Falcao the name most frequently mentioned, and with their array of attacking midfielders resulting in only one striker usually starting, that could leave Lukaku free to go out on loan once again for regular first team football.

West Brom would no doubt be delighted to see him come back to the Hawthorns, but Lukaku has suggested he might look to go to a team in Europe to ensure his profile is high enough to guarantee a place in Belgium's World Cup squad and challenge Christian Benteke for a starting place.

Chelsea would clearly want to avoid strengthening their rivals too much by sending them Lukaku on loan, but also will want the striker to gain more experience of Premier League football. Given these factors, and Lukaku's desire for European football, Swansea City might be the perfect place for the Belgian to ply his trade next year.

Their Capital Cup triumph has booked Michael Laudrup's team a place in next year's Europa League, and they will likely look to reinforce their goal-scoring options this summer, having relied heavily on Michu this season. Lukaku not only has the ability to play the pacy technical football Swansea have become synonymous with, he would also add a physical presence to their front line that they have sometimes lacked.

Chelsea could be sure that Lukaku would continue to develop under Laudrup at Swansea, and the move could easily be as successful for the player as his spell at West Brom this season. If Chelsea are not going to be able to find the young striker a regular place in their starting eleven next season, then Swansea could be the perfect club for Lukaku to go on loan to.

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