The Premier League season is nearing its final stages and clubs have already begun to prepare for next season. Transfer rumours are arriving in hordes onto the scene and it seems clubs from around all the different leagues are ready to strengthen their squads.
In the latest round of transfer rumours, it seems Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku – on loan to Everton – has garnered interest from various clubs including Italy’s AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.
With 13 goals in 28 appearances under his name for Everton in the Premier League this season, Lukaku seems to be under the spotlight and it would seem there is a great possibility of seeing Lukaku sporting a different kit from his current one.
Jose Mourinho is considering the possibility of selling the player; however, with the current striking options that Mourinho has at his disposal, one could question whether this is the right decision taken by the Portuguese.
If however, Chelsea’s performances next season are imitations of their 6-0 demolition of Arsenal and 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham, then one can excuse Mourinho for this decision.
Chelsea’s interest in Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa is becoming a reality the more the season draws to a close. Mourinho will be hoping that if the transfer of Costa goes through, that Costa would imitate his performances with Atletico Madrid.
In the unlikely event that Costa does not perform and Lukaku is sold, then Chelsea and Mourinho would be imprisoned in a dilemma of regret.
Lukaku has outperformed Chelsea’s striking trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the field of scoring this season, and if the 2012/2013 season is taken into account, in which Lukaku scored 17 goals for West Bromwich Albion, one has to wonder why has a player such as Torres, who has scored a meagre 19 goals in 109 appearances for the Blues in the Premier League, is more deserving of a place in the squad than Lukaku.
Tottenham may find themselves in a desperate situation competing with Roma for the services of the Belgian international. With Roma playing in the Champions League next season, Lukaku may be seduced by the thought of Champions League football.
The chance of silverware is an opportunity that most players would not elude. Considering the competition of the Premier League and the clubs that have been superior to Tottenham this season; a sight that is inevitable to be repeated next season, Lukaku may not be convinced that Tottenham is the right team for him to flourish his scoring talents with.
With Roma’s higher possibility of competing for the Serie A title next season and with a higher chance of them winning local trophies, Lukaku may see Roma as an ideal club for his aspirations.
How Tottenham will be able to draw the attention of Lukaku to them is unknown, but if the Belgian decides that remaining in the Premier League is more ideal for him; it is highly likely that he would prefer to remain at Everton rather than make a move to the under-performing Tottenham.