Report – Atletico contact Chelsea star over loan deal to replace Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid are reportedly lining up a loan deal for Romelu Lukaku to compensate for Diego Costa's possible departure.

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid have contacted Romelu Lukaku’s representatives over the possibility of striking a loan deal this summer.

The 21-year-old spent this season on loan at Everton, displaying maturity and skill beyond his years as he netted 15 goals and added a further six assists in 29 Premier League starts.

The Belgian international's future beyond this summer remains uncertain, and a number of top clubs have reportedly displayed their interest as boss Jose Mourinho mulls over his options.

The self-proclaimed Special One has demonstrated his frustrations at the Blues’ current strikers this season, a situation which appears all the more bizarre given his decision to discard Europe’s most effective U21 striker Romelu Lukaku.

Nevertheless, Brazilian-born Diego Costa is the striker Mourinho really wants and he could be given a huge helping hand from Atletico Madrid as a result of their alleged interest in Lukaku.

The Spanish press AS claim that Atletico have contacted with Romelu Lukaku’s people and they want the striker to replace the probable departure of Diego Costa. The club studies a loan offer with the option of buying the striker.

The paper go on to say that Mourinho would prefer to renew Lukaku’s current deal which expires in 2016 and loan him next season so that his value increases and Chelsea can recuperate the €22m which they invested in the striker in 2011.

It remains to be seen where Romelu Lukaku ends up. More importantly for Jose Mourinho, however, is the signing of Diego Costa and Atletico Madrid’s recent search for a new striker suggests that a potential big-money summer signing might not be too far away.

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