Chelsea could have a squad with two top class strikers available next season.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Romelu Lukaku’s future won’t be decided until after the World Cup, which plays into the hands of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
“It's going to take a bit of time and I don't think Romelu's situation is going to be resolved before the World Cup, in truth. I think it will be after the World Cup,” said the Everton manager.
The Blues boss has slammed the standard of his strike options this season, which has created speculation that some very good attacking players could be moving to the West London club this summer.
Chelsea could now have two top class striker options sorted out before the transfer window has even opened.
Lukaku has made it clear that he wants to play Champions League football next season and if he plays well for Belgium at the tournament in Brazil, his price is only going to increase.
That decreases the chance that he’ll join Everton, a side that has been traditionally hampered by a lack of resources in the modern Premier League era.
All reports indicate that Lukaku is apparently surplus to requirements but Jose Mourinho may just give him a chance to play in Chelsea’s attack next season.
The only problem created relates to Chelsea’s interest in another striker the club has been linked with, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
Should Chelsea invest in Costa he’ll be ahead of Lukaku in the pecking order but it means that the Blues will have two very good striker options.
Chelsea appear to be keen to get Costa sewn up on a principle deal before the World Cup because of the bidding war which could break out for him after the tournament in Brazil.
A straight up deal for Costa right now would cost well over £50 million in terms of a fee and an initial personal package.
Chelsea play a system of one striker up front and a very disciplined midfield so having Lukaku and Costa, two similar players, in the squad next season means that someone is always going to be sitting on the bench.
However, what a strike force that would be after a season where Mourinho doesn’t seem to have formed an idea over who his best centre forward has been and who to trust.