Atletico Madrid close to Lukaku deal as part of Diego Costa Chelsea move

Atletico Madrid are close to a deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Atletico Madrid are close to a deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

The London Evening Standard says Atletico are closing in on a deal to sign Lukaku as part of the transfer that will see Diego Costa go the other way.

Lukaku is wanted by a number of clubs across Europe, including Tottenham, Everton, Roma and Juventus, but Chelsea’s negotiations with Atletico over a £50m switch for Costa and left back Filipe Luis has put Atletico in a strong bargaining position.

The Belgium international, who joined from Anderlecht for a deal worth up to £18m in 2011, has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Brom and Everton respectively, scoring 33 goals.

Chelsea would prefer to sell the 21-year-old and are demanding £25m for his signature, but it is more likely that he will leave on loan once again.

 
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