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Lukaku agent cools talk of imminent move

Striker deal rests on Chelsea’s ability to bring in a replacement

Laurence Griffiths

Just 24 hours after Roberto Martinez said any deal to sign Romelu Lukaku will have to wait until after the World Cup the inevitable Tottenham link emerged.

It’s always Tottenham. Whether it’s our manager, players or transfer targets, Spurs seem to be involved somehow.

Rumours bizarrely put the bidding at around £15million, which given Lukaku cost Chelsea £18million three years ago gives a clue as to the reliability of the rumour.

However, the fact remains that Lukaku will be in demand this summer but will probably only move on if - or when - Chelsea bring in adequate striking replacements.

The talk is a deal to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid will go through in the summer, paving the way for Lukaku to leave permanently.

But when asked about any potential deal his agent Christophe Henrotay, who I’m sure will get a nice healthy fee for all his hard work this summer, said it would be a while before Lukaku’s future is decided and wouldn’t rule out even staying at Stamford Bridge.

He told footmercato.net:

"For the moment, Romelu belongs to Chelsea.

"He has two years left on his contract. It's going to depend on Chelsea. After that, we'll see together what the best options are if Chelsea decide to let him go.

"That they want to bring in a big-name striker has been well documented. But Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they'll choose to allow Romelu to leave.

"But if they think there aren't enough forwards, perhaps Romelu will say, 'I'm interested in prolonging the adventure' but it's still too soon."

Is it worth waiting for Lukaku and potentially being dragged into a bidding war? Or should Everton look at alternativesand get them embedded into the squad early?