Tottenham Hotspur ‘distance themselves’ from talks of signing Chelsea outcast Romelu Lukaku
The Chelsea striker is finding it hard in SW6 after his high-profile transfer from Inter Milan in 2021. The Belgium international is also wanted by Juventus, but they are yet to match Chelsea’s €50million asking price.
We have sold Harry Kane to Bayern Munich this month and have cash to spend. Dusan Vlahovic has also emerged as an option and so has Lukaku.
But Football.London’s Alasdair Gold doesn’t believe this move would be on the cards. In a Q&A session, Gold was asked about the Lukaku rumours. His answer was clear:
“Spurs have distanced themselves from all talk of Romelu Lukaku joining them. Let’s be honest, he doesn’t particularly seem to fit the Postecoglou system anyway.”
Chelsea have placed a massive price tag on a player that hasn’t done well in England in recent years and is limited in his ability as a centre-forward. We have been used to seeing a playmaker-cum-striker in Kane.
Lukaku can’t provide that. He isn’t the most agile and isn’t very good in the final third when it comes to playmaking skills. For a team to get the best out of him, they will have to formulate a system around his strengths.
Moreover, from Lukaku’s career, it has become evident that he doesn’t anywhere for too long. He finds it hard to settle down at one particular club and in a particular system. At 30, he would only be a short-term solution for us up front.
Gift Orban, 21, is a striker Spurs are chasing. It is smart from the club to go down the route of signing a rather unknown striker and building him into a world-class player rather than signing a struggling 30-year-old who plays for a direct rival.
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That too would complicate a transfer, although given Chelsea’s need for cash after a hefty transfer window of spending, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they sell Lukaku to us in case we make a bid.