Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku looks set to depart the London outfit this summer, and Arsene Wenger should do all he can to pursue him.
The 21-year-old, who is set to lead the line for Belgium at the World Cup, has publicly admitted his growing frustration at his situation with the Blues, who continue to buy new strikers rather than show faith in the youngster.
The former Anderlecht forward has spent the last two campaigns on loan with West Brom (scoring 17 goals in 2012-13) and Everton (16 goals last season). With Diego Costa set to join this summer, Lukaku has yet another player above him in the pecking order and is fully aware there are other clubs interested in his services.
Lukaku revealed his frustrations while on duty with Belgium:
Chelsea seem to buy a new top striker every year.
I remember going into the dressing room last year and seeing Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, and going, ‘Whoah! What’s happening here?’
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But no problem. Many clubs are interested in me and at this stage I have to look to myself.
I have to play a good World Cup. That’s very interesting for all the players looking for a transfer and I must be one of them. Chelsea know my point of view.
There is no doubt Costa will become the number one centre forward at the club next season while the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba remain competition for places. Lukaku is an exceptional player but Mourinho wants established talent and clearly does not view the Belgian as a viable option to lead the line just yet.
Arsenal need a top class centre forward who can challenge Olivier Giroud and add another dimension to the Gunners. Lukaku fits the bracket nicely, he’s not overly expensive too and could demand a fee somewhere in the region of £25m with two years left on his current deal with the Blues.
The Belgian would certainly value a move to north London, having the chance to work under the highly esteemed Arsene Wenger who gives youth a chance is incredibly enticing. He’s proven his immense ability in England, scoring consistently for both WBA and Everton, yet still has plenty of room to improve.
Lukaku operates as a lone centre forward, holding up play and distributing, while he can also score goals out of nothing with his driving runs and utilizing his strength. Against the Gunners he was even deployed on the right wing, cutting in and causing all sorts of havoc – a very powerful player. The striker who was dubbed ‘The Next Drogba’ is certainly not to be sneezed at and represents a great signing.
Lukaku also seems like he will be available and is a more likely option than the likes of Karim Bezema, but perhaps would be second preference to Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic who has proven his consistency on the top stage for a few years.
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