'He'll be staying': Paul Merson says there's absolutely no chance Chelsea go and sell 28-year-old this summer

Paul Merson doesn’t think there’s a chance that Chelsea will decide to sell Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The difficult season that Lukaku’s enduring has been well spoken about, with his £97.5million signing turning out to be a huge blunder.

He’s scored just five times in the Premier League this campaign. In addition, he finds himself out of the best starting line-up right now.

It’s been reported Bayern Munich are the most likely to sign the Belgian striker if he exits Chelsea at the end of the season.

However, Merson is convinced the 28-year-old attacker won’t be going anywhere.

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“Chelsea haven’t got much choice but to keep going with Lukaku. They’re getting sold, they haven’t got any money, they can’t be buying people for £100m and selling them for half that. That ain’t happening. For me, I think he’ll be staying there, and hopefully he kicks on next season,” Merson wrote.

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Big dilemma for Tuchel

If Tuchel’s forced into keeping Lukaku, it poses a huge problem for him next season.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has deployed the centre-forward in different roles, but he’s not adapting to any of them properly. The German coach has reportedly found it a ‘big surprise’ to see the player struggle so much with the tactics.

It could require a complete rethink from the manager to get the left-footed striker firing again.

There’s a lot of negativity around the entire Lukaku situation at Stamford Bridge, so taking a loss on him might actually be the most beneficial decision for the club. It remains to be seen if the next ownership thinks like that, though.

The worst thing that can happen is for the Blues go into the new campaign with this Lukaku issue still ongoing.

Let’s see if a remarkable U-turn can happen in the final month of the season, but it looks very unlikely.

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