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What should be the next move for Belgian starlet?

Romelu Lukaku’s future remains uncertain, but Chelsea will miss out on a top player if they let him go this summer.

At just 20 years of age, Romelu Lukaku has established himself as a prolific goalscorer. Having joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, the Belgium international scored 17 Premier League goals for West Bromwich Albion while on loan at the club during the 2012-13 season.

Last summer it was expected that he would rejoin Chelsea and play a pivotal role in the Blues’ pursuit of domestic and European glory. However, manager Jose Mourinho did not fancy him and a deadline-day loan switch to Everton ensured he would continue to gain valuable top-flight experience.

The youngster has continued his fine form, netting 14 goals in the league for the Toffees so far this campaign, and there is little else he can do to convince Mourinho that he is ready to become the main striker for Chelsea next season.

However, the Portuguese manager is said to be willing to let the striker leave if a decent offer came in, with the Premier League giants reportedly on the hunt for the likes of Diego Costa and Edinson Cavani. Even if Lukaku were to remain at Stamford Bridge, his playing time would be severely restricted.

A permanent move to Everton would suit both the player and the Merseyside outfit. Under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez, the Belgian would continue to develop and progress, while Everton would be able to keep a clinical scorer who can aid their European and domestic challenges.

If Everton cannot afford to buy Lukaku and there is no future for him at Chelsea, then he will have no shortage of clubs across Europe interested in his services. A move to Spain or Germany would be ideal for him, and an impressive showing at the World Cup will only enhance his reputation.

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