Chelsea Ready To Sell Outcast To Fund €60m Move For Unsettled Uruguayan Hitman
Chelsea are planning on selling Romelu Lukaku to help fund a €60m (£50m) move for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain hitman Edinson Cavani at the end of the season.
With the January transfer window in full flow clubs are working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Chelsea are ready to up their pursuit of Edinson Cavani.
Chelsea are planning on selling Romelu Lukaku to help fund a €60m (£50m) move for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain hitman Edinson Cavani this summer, according to the Mirror.
Big things were expected of Lukaku after he joined the Blues from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011 but he’s failed to establish himself in the first team set up and has spent the last 18 months on loan. After hitting an impressive 17 goals in 35 games for West Brom last season, Lukaku has continued his good form for Everton this year scoring 9 in 18 appearances for Roberto Martinez’s men.
While many fans and pundits feel the young Belgian has earned the right to return to Stamford Bridge and try and force his way into Jose Mourinho’s plans, it sees the Chelsea boss has already made his mind up and is prepared to sacrifice the 20-year-old in order to get his hands on one of the clubs long-term targets.
The Mirror claim that Mourinho will sell Lukaku in the summer for around £23m with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid among those showing a keen interest, and the Portuguese coach will then use this money to part-fund a €60m (£50m)-plus move for Cavani.
The Uruguayan striker only moved to Paris last summer from Napoli in a £53m deal but the newspaper suggests he’s already wanting out after growing increasingly frustrated at having to play out of position to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Mourinho is ready to break the British transfer record to lure him to west London.
The Chelsea boss admitted the need to bring in a new striker at the end of the season yesterday when he told reporters:
“It is something we have to do in the next transfer windows. Of all our three strikers, no one is the future for the next ten years like we have in other positions.
“Demba Ba is 28, Samuel Eto’o is 32, Torres is 29, so not one of them is the player for ten years, like Eden Hazard or Willian [will]. Normally one of these three strikers will be replaced with somebody who can be here long-term. So when we do sign a striker, we will do the right thing. But the right time is not now, for sure.” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Mirror
At 26, Cavani is already at the peak of his career and while he may not lead the Chelsea line for the next 10 years, he’d certainly be able to come straight in to the team and be a genuine world class threat up front.
None of Mourinho’s current crop of strikers have hit the net on a regular basis this season and Cavani would offer a significant upgrade on the trio, but obviously he’s going to cost a huge sum and Chelsea won’t be the only one’s interested if PSG do agree to sell this summer.
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