A report in German daily Bild has indicated that Chelsea could be prepared to allow the Belgian forward to leave on a permanent deal, sparking interest from a number of clubs.
According to to the report, Dortmund are ready to make a move for the 20-year-old as they seek a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who will leave to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have also been in talks with the agent of Romelu Lukaku over a summer move to White Hart Lane. The 20-year-old striker, who is on a season-long loan at Everton, is unlikely to stay at parent club Chelsea having fallen out of favour with the manager José Mourinho.
The Belgian has scored 13 goals in 26 games at Goodison and is valued at around £20m. Everton will do their best to keep the forward permanently but any deal could hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League. Lukaku also impressed in a similar loan spell last year at West Brom, , netting 17 Premier League goals for the Baggies, and had forced his way into Mourinho’s Chelsea squad after an impressive pre-season showing. However the Chelsea manager opted to once again loan out the powerful forward, this time to Everton.
In January 2014, Lukaku was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.
Earlier last week, Lukaku’s agent Christophe Henrotay told Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “I’m looking for a club for Romelu. And yes, I’ve talked to [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy once, but that doesn’t mean Romelu will definitely join Spurs. That’s not a talking point at this moment.
“There aren’t 20 teams that can afford to buy Romelu. He won’t go from Everton to, let’s say, Swansea. There’s also a difference between Everton that plays against relegation and an Everton that fights for European football.”
The reports emerging from Germany also claim that the Bundesliga outfit have already made contact with agent Mino Raiola ahead of a potential offer, while Monaco are also rumoured to be keen on acquiring Lukaku, who has spent this campaign on loan at Everton.
However, Striker Lukaku has been advised to keep his options open until after the World Cup – where he is likely to lead the line for Belgium, after Christian Benteke was ruled out this week through injury. Lukaku has scored 5 international goals so far in 27 appearances.
If recent reports have anything to go by, the young Belgian is almost certain to leave the Stamford Bridge this summer. However, no club can be called as “favorite” for his signature at the moment.