Monaco considering attempt to steal away Chelsea loanee

After another successful loan spell, AS Monaco are apparently interested in signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is going to be the talk of the football world this summer. He is set to be the spearhead of Belgium’s attack at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, he is set to return to parent club Chelsea, and according to French and Italian media, he could be set for a move to French side AS Monaco. It could be a busy few months for the 20-year-old.

Currently on loan at Premier League side Everton, Lukaku has now enjoyed two excellent loan spells in England. He scored 17 goals in 35 games with West Bromich Albion, and with The Toffees he has been superb, scoring 10 goals in 21 games. It’s not just the goal-scoring that has impressed; his all-round game has improved in leaps and bounds. He brings power, pace, control, everything you need to be a modern-day forward.

Fans and pundits are in full belief that Lukaku could be the man to lead the Chelsea front-line next season, but perhaps Jose Mourinho isn’t quite convinced. For months now the London club have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa and AS Monaco superstar Radamel Falcao. Even if Mourinho wants to keep Lukaku at Chelsea, it could be that the Belgian is used as a bartering chip to fund a move for either forward.

Falcao’s future has been a constant news story since his arrival at Monaco, and now the Lukaku situation could spark a move that both clubs would be interested in. If Falcao is unhappy at Monaco, and if he can recover from his current knee injury, Chelsea could significantly interest the Colombian forward. Any deal for Lukaku would then see ASM replace the striker and bring the power forward to Ligue 1.

Right now they are managing to continue their form without Falcao. Dimitar Berbatov has settled in quite nicely, and then add Emmanuel Rivière, Valerie Germain and the talented youngster, Anthony Martial and you have a very vibrant, youthful and exciting attack-line. Lukaku’s skill-set would fit well in Ligue 1, and he would also get to play in the Champions League.

Monaco might however not be convinced that Lukaku is the forward to lead the line as they make their return assault to Europe’s top club competition, so any move for him may be followed up by another big name signing.

The ball is in Chelsea’s court. Lukaku was earlier quoted that he wasn’t looking forward to playing for Chelsea. It’s just whether Mourinho can afford to keep the former Anderlecht player and bring in the superstar forward that he desires.

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