'Ideal move': ESPN pundit says Chelsea player would be perfect for Spurs, but he's reportedly agreed to sign elsewhere
ESPN pundit Stewart Robson suggests Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku would be perfect for Tottenham, but the player has reportedly already agreed to leave Stamford Bridge and move elsewhere.
It’s well covered that Lukaku, 29, endured a tough year last season after signing for Chelsea.
The Blues striker ended up with 15 goals across all competitions. However, he massively struggled to nail down a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s line-up, or to fit the style of play.
As a result, the Belgium international has been strongly linked with a transfer exit during this summer transfer window.
It’s been reported Inter Milan have agreed a deal to re-sign Lukaku and take him on loan next season. Fans are still waiting for official confirmation from the clubs, though.
Lukaku perfect for Tottenham
Robson believes Spurs could have been an ideal next club for Lukaku, largely down to the fact he could have been reunited with his ex-manager, Antonio Conte.
Instead, he’s set to return to Italy and will try to pick up where he left off in an Inter shirt.
“When he’s (Lukaku) in a formulated pattern of play, which Antonio Conte had at Inter, he was outstanding. Is he going to get if he goes back to Inter with Simone Inzaghi? I’m not so sure,” Robson told ESPN.
“The ideal move for him would’ve been to Tottenham, but obviously with Harry Kane that’s not going to be the case.”
Lukaku’s proven throughout his successful career that he’s a very good goalscorer, but it’s hard to picture another English club taking a chance on him after a rocky return to Chelsea.
Ruthless but necessary decision
It’s a real sign of intent from the new Chelsea ownership to ship Lukaku out next season through any means possible.
They could’ve easily asked manager Thomas Tuchel to spend another year trying to get the best from the club-record £97.5million signing, but they want a positive mood around the squad next season.
The fact he’s under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2026 means his transfer saga may not be over. Let’s hope the loan to Inter is rubberstamped, though, and it allows Chelsea to focus on their own business this summer.