Everton boss Roberto Martinez is prepared to wait until after the World Cup for Chelsea and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. The Blues manager met with Chelsea when the season ended to inform them that he wanted to bring the 21 year old striker to Goodison Park on a permanent basis.
Martinez was given some encouragement by both Chelsea and Lukaku himself as the Spaniard tries to build on an impressive debut season at Goodison Park.
Everton’s chances of completing a move for the striker have been enhanced by the London club’s £32 million pound move for Athletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. Lukaku had been vocal in stating that he wanted to make his name at Stamford Bridge but the Costa move has now forced a rethink and Everton are in a very good position with the striker following a very successful loan deal last season.
Footyscene.com have been told that Martinez is continuing to speak to Chelsea in an attempt to complete an agreement before the World Cup Finals commence on Thursday. The two clubs were close to agreeing a deal in January but Chelsea decided that they wanted to make a decision at the end of the season much to the disappointment of Everton.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho does not appear to fancy Lukaku as a player and had a couple of digs at the striker throughout the season so it is no surprise that they are willing to allow him to leave.
Athletico Madrid have asked for Lukaku to go on loan there for 12 months and although Chelsea were considering the player has told them that he is not keen on being loaned out again.
Lukaku has also been linked to Tottenham Hotspur amongst other clubs but its Everton who are leading the way in England. The problem the Blues may have is over the fee if other clubs come in strong for the young striker but Martinez has made no secret of the fact that he wants Lukaku to spearhead his side on a permanent basis. The signing of Lukaku would be a real statement of intent by Everton as they return to European football next season.
The manager is keen to bring in a top centre forward and players such as Wilfried Bony, Michy Batshuayi, Klas Huntelaar and Alf Finbogasson have been discussed but it is Lukaku who Martinez wants and he is prepared to sit it out and see how the situation develops.
We have also been told that the manager is also hoping to complete a couple of loan deals before the tournament on Thursday but at the moment nothing has been agreed.
Lacina Traore remains a target as Everton look to get some value out of the fee they paid Monaco to have the Ivorian on loan in January. The player is keen on a return to Merseyside but again nothing has been finalised.
It is early days but it would be lovely to get a few in early doors to set the tone for the rest of the summer, so let’s watch this space !