Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen on securing a season-long loan for Romelu Lukaku, if they are to allow Diego Costa to join Chelsea this summer.
Costa is available for £32million, but Atleti are also said to want Lukaku as part of the deal as they look for a short-term fix to fill the void that Costa would leave up front, if he is to join Chelsea.
The London club are known admirers of the Brazilian born striker and he is thought to be top of Jose Mourinho’s wishlist, as he looks for a striker to add to his squad this summer.
However, despite the Portuguese man’s determination to secure his main target this summer, he should not allow Lukaku to leave the club again.
Chelsea paid for allowing the Belgian front-man to be loaned to Everton last season, with a lack of potent options up-front ultimately being the main factor which cost them the Premier League title.
And, even if they secure Costa this summer and add some much needed talent up-front, Lukaku should still have a pivotal role to play next year at Stamford Bridge.
If Costa is to join, he would likely play second-fiddle to the Atletico man in the pecking order, but that does not mean that he would not have a crucial part to play.
Mourinho can have no faith in the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba after their disappointing campaigns this year and, therefore, the powerful Belgian should be his first reserve should anything happen to Costa.
The Premier League is a famously difficult one to adapt to and that means that if the 25-year-old is to struggle to find form upon joining the club – as many other big name Chelsea strikers have – then having Lukaku ready to step in would take the pressure off.
The attacker, who has been on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton in the last two seasons, is proven quality and Mourinho should have no qualms in trusting him to lead the line for Chelsea.
The 21-year-old is among the brightest talents in the world and Chelsea should be doing everything they can to keep him.
Lukaku has recently said that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and that should be great news for Mourinho, but if he is to loan him out again to enable himself to bring in Costa it sends out completely the wrong message and he may risk losing a man who he is likely to be able build his team around in the future.