Ex-Chelsea star Cole: Blues should sign Lukaku to replace Costa
Costa has been told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that he has no future at the club. Meanwhile, the Blues have been strongly linked with a huge-money move for Lukaku – whom they sold to Everton for £28million.
"Obviously the Costa thing has come out. Conte has told him that he wants him out so you would be looking at a striker," Cole told Goal.
"Lukaku, there's a market for him, and you are competing for players.
"I like Lukaku. I'd take Lukaku, he is like for like with Costa, but they only need one or two players and just keep the continuity going.
"I don't know his character so it is hard to say [whether the comeback could affect him].