Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been a major reason behind Everton qualifying for the Champions League. The striker has been on loan at Everton from the start of the season. As he has done with West Brom last campaign, Lukaku has scored a number of goals in the league. His strikes against the likes of Manchester city and Arsenal have proven to be very important indeed. Manager Roberto Martinez has expressed on several occasions that he would like to keep the Belgian striker on a permanent basis.
Initially, it was thought that Chelsea would be reluctant to part company with the 20-year-old, who has been likened as the next Didier Drogba. However, there seems to have been a major shift within the transfer policy of Jose Mourinho. Lukaku has been linked with moves to Everton and Tottenham in the last few months. A pricetag of around £ 20 million has been placed on his head, which would make him as one of the priciest youngsters in the world. Martinez accepts that this price may increase if the 20-year-old has a good World Cup.
Lukaku will be the first choice for the Belgian national team to the injury for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Despite the misfiring strikers at Chelsea, the club looks set to sell the Belgian International in the summer.
“I don’t think that’s my worry. The worry would be that if the deal was a cheap one, it would be because he has had a torrid time and hasn’t fulfilled his potential. We are too close to Romelu to hope he has a poor tournament. We hope he has a really good World Cup – and then decides to come to us. We’ll see what’s the best thing for everyone but everything will be in stages: how Chelsea are doing in their own squad and how that frees some players,” said Martinez.