Roma make Lukaku their priority, could use Benatia as bait

Romelu Lukaku for Chelsea

The latest report in the Corriere dello Sport states that Roma are determined to sign Romelu Lukaku and could even use Mehdi Benatia to get him.

Roma are desperate to add a striker to the ranks ahead of next season and they are said to be enamoured with Romelu Lukaku.

There has been much speculation about where Lukaku will be playing next season after an impressive spell on loan at Everton.

While some fans believe he should be brought back to base, Chelsea are expected to sign a big-name striker with Diego Costa top of the shopping list.

Although Samuel Eto'o is set to leave, if Chelsea were to bring in Costa and keep Fernando Torres, Lukaku may be sent out on another loan.

Lukaku has spent periods at West Bromwich Albion and Everton since signing for Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 and has only made 10 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side.

After netting 15 times for Everton, Lukaku has caught the eye of Serie A side Roma, who are trying to build a team that can challenge for the title next season.

The Giallorossi started the campaign by winning a record-breaking 10 consecutive games but fell short of Juventus' pace and had to settle for second place, partly due to the lack of an out-and-out goal getter.

The Corriere dello Sport reports that Roma are determined to make Lukaku that man and even if attempts to sign him on loan have been unsuccessful so far, they will not be discouraged.

Chelsea are known to be interested in Roma defender Mehdi Benatia and the paper suggests that the Lupi could even be willing to offer some kind of exchange.

That would be a big sacrifice for Roma, who have been unwilling to consider losing Benatia, who is said to be a target for Manchester United and Manchester City.

Moroccan international Benatia has been one of Serie A's outstanding defenders and recently revealed that he turned down a contract at Chelsea earlier in his career after a trial.

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