Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will submit a loan report to the club tomorrow.
Goalkeeper Courtois has had another superb season on loan with Atletico Madrid while Lukaku has had what Mourinho has described as a successful loan spell with Everton in the Premier League.
Mourinho is set to draw up a report which will judge each of his players that have been on loan this season, which will be submitted to Chelsea for review.
“A successful case of loans are the ones we have to analyse. My final report [on the season, given to the club on Monday] will have in detail these kinds of cases,” said Mourinho.
In the case of Courtois, not much has changed.
Mourinho reportedly wants the Belgian back at the club and with Petr Cech currently injured and due to miss pre-season, Courtois stands a good chance of starting next season as Chelsea’s number one.
That’s exactly what he’s asked for and one of the stipulations he’s laid down should he return to the club.
In the case of Lukaku, all he seems to want is a chance to lead the Chelsea attack.
The report on the forward is likely to be very positive, which questions the need for Chelsea to therefore go and spend tens of millions on a brand new, high profile centre forward coming into the club.
If the report on Lukaku was damning then the recent reports that he could be sold by Chelsea would be a lot more believable.
The most likely scenario if Lukaku stays at Chelsea is that he’ll be a squad player and will have to take his chance to lead the Chelsea attack when he’s given it.
It would be bizarre for Mourinho to praise the player’s loan spell at Everton, only to write a report which suggests he should be sold in the summer.
There are plenty of other players who are likely to be featured in the same report, with well over a dozen players having spent time away from the club this season. However, Courtois and Lukaku are arguably the two most important.