THE return of ROMELU LUKAKU Chelsea has not gone according to plan so far.
Barcelona could try to save Romelu Lukaku from his return to Chelsea this summer as Xavi Hernandez sees plenty of attack at Camp Nou. After the Blues re-signed Lukaku for the £ 100 million club-record, things did not go according to plan, and he could leave for a second time later this year.
Marca said ‘everything shows’ the 28-year-old will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season based on ‘what he says’. Lukaku is ‘uncomfortable at Chelsea’ and has ‘too many candidates’, one that Barcelona understands.
According to the report, La Liga fans have already been transferred for his services, with Matthew Alemany and Jordi Cruyff meeting with his replacement Federico Pastorello for a transfer. Lukaku is expected to be seen as their ‘Plan C’ if the deal is not feasible for Erling Haaland or Robert Lewandowski.
Despite the uproar, the situation is ‘extremely difficult’ as Chelsea have not paid £ 77.1m (€ 92m) from the block to bring Lukaku back to west London. The future of the Belgian international could depend on the wishes of the club’s new manager, with Todd Boehly named as Roma Abramovich’s replacement.
Lukaku grew into one of the most dangerous men in Europe under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan last season. He recorded 30 goals and 11 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, helping Inter lift their first Serie A title in 11 years.
His Premier League side has been buzzing with enthusiasm about how he will go after his stint at Manchester United. And he struggled to impress, scoring 10 goals in 38 games and enjoying head coach Thomas Tuchel, who surpassed Kai Havertz as his central player.
Lukaku’s struggles have been exacerbated by Tammy Abraham’s success at AS Roma after Tuchel allowed his purchase to make room for the Belgian. Abraham’s 24 -goal scoring doubles his replacement, but Armando Broja, on loan from Chelsea, has had more time in the Premier League – six goals in five.
However, given the money involved in Lukaku’s return last summer, it would be a big surprise if he left Stamford Bridge just one year later. Barcelona are in the market for a newcomer, however, and could turn back to the Premier League after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Adama Traore arrive in January.