Chelsea willing to sell Lukaku to finance £50m-plus monster signing – report

PSG striker Edinson Cavani has emerged as a transfer target for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea

According to The Mirror, Chelsea are planning on selling Romelu Lukaku to help finance a £50million-plus transfer of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani

Cavani teamed up with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Paris Saint-Germain bought the coveted striker for €64million from Italian side Napoli last summer. The duo have formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in Europe, scoring 30 league goals between them in just 22 Ligue 1 appearances – more than 16 Ligue 1 sides’ totals to date.

The latest report claims that the 26-year-old is interested in moving away from the French capital after just six months.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have reportedly been interested in the past, yet a deal for the striker always seemed a bit far-fetched.

However, the Blues now reportedly believe that a deal this summer can become a reality, and may sell Romelu Lukaku to help fund a possible British record transfer.

Lukaku has been in terrific form for Everton this season, scoring nine goals and assisting a further five in 18 Premier League appearances. The 20-year-old has been Everton’s main attacking threat this campaign, having more shots than any other player.

Chelsea’s willingness to sell their stars to Premier League rivals could be great news for the Toffees if they intend on making Lukaku’s stay a permanent one.

Despite Lukaku’s fantastic season, Jose Mourinho reportedly sees the Belgian as surplus to requirements and a figure of £23million has been cited as sufficient enough to sign Lukaku, one which may not be out of Everton’s price range.

Chelse's strikers have not been firing on all cylinders this season, and the Portuguese boss may be looking at Edinson Cavani as a player he can count in for the foreseeable future, something he has hinted at with recent quotes:

It is something we have to do in the next transfer windows. Of all our three strikers, no one is the future for the next ten years like we have in other positions.

“Demba Ba is 28, Samuel Eto’o is 32, Torres is 29, so not one of them is the player for ten years, like Eden Hazard or Willian [will].

“Normally one of these three strikers will be replaced with somebody who can be here long-term. So when we do sign a striker, we will do the right thing. But the right time is not now, for sure.”

Do Chelsea have a realistic chance of signing Edinson Cavani?

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