Chelsea are expected to offer Romelu Lukaku an opportunity to revive his career under new manager Mauricio Pochettino next season, according to reports.
Lukaku is entering the final month of his loan spell at Inter Milan, and as it stands, it is unclear whether the Italian club would try to extend the agreement for another year.
This means Chelsea may have to spend the summer trying to find another suitor for the 29-year-old.
Obviously, the Blues will have another option. They can keep him and re-integrate him into the squad next season.
While Lukaku may have fallen out with former Blues manager Thomas Tuchel, Pochettino is expected not to object to leaving the door open for the striker’s return.
Chelsea are the fifth-lowest-scoring team in the Premier League this season with 30 goals from 31 matches, and it is clear that they desperately need a goalscorer.
Obviously, they can opt for a new striker, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen being one of their reported targets, but giving Pochettino the opportunity to assess Lukaku in pre-season would not hurt.
Bear in mind that, unlike Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who will enter the final year of his contract at Chelsea this summer, Lukaku will be tied to Stamford Bridge until 2026.
Pochettino will also have a make a decision on Armando Broja, who is still nursing a long-term cruciate ligament injury, and David Datro Fofana.
The latter has been out of the picture since making his full Premier League debut in February. He has even played games with the development squad.