Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as a cover for Karim Benzema and now, Italian champions Juventus have also entered the race to sign the young Belgian.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is willing to let Lukaku go in this transfer window and apart from Real Madrid and Juventus, Premier League side Everton is also interested in bringing the youngster to Goodison Park.
Spanish newspaper AS has reported today that: “Although Real Madrid’s first option to bolster their attack is Radamel Falcao, if they fail to land the Colombian the reserve option is Romelu Lukaku. However the Spanish giants won’t be alone in their hunt for the Belgian’s signature, who is also on Juventus’ shopping list.”
Real Madrid have already spent big in this transfer window as they have signed the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez till date. However, Coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to bolster his attack after the sale of Alvaro Morata and wants to sign either Radamel Falcao or Romelu Lukaku as a cover for Karim Benzema.
Italian giants Juventus have the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata in their ranks but new boss Messimiliano Allegri wants to add more depth to his squad as he wants to launch a serious assault on the Champions League this season.
Juventus are planning to make an initial offer of one year loan with an option of acquiring full rights for 25 million euros but Chelsea management wants to sale the youngster on permanent basis.
Lukaku spent last season on loan at Everton and he has already claimed that he wants to leave Chelsea this summer. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen to sign him on the permanent basis but the entry of Real Madrid and Juventus in the transfer battle have made the task ahead of him much more difficult now.
I Want Another Striker: Allegri
Juventus boss Messimiliano Allegri has added more fuel to the rumours regarding the future of Romelu Lukaku by claiming today that he wants to sign another striker this summer.
“If we sign another defender and another striker then we’re in good shape,” Allegri was speaking to Italian daily Gazetta dello Sport.
“I would prefer a striker first, though. The team’s working well – it’s not easy to improve an already strong group of players though.”
The Juventus boss also confirmed that his star midfielder Arturo Vidal is going to stay at the club.
“I’ve already talked to Vidal, I am very calm about him staying,” he said.
“He’s an important player for the team.”