Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is interested in signing Chelsea’s teenage striker Romelu Lukaku on-loan next season and will use the promise of European football to tempt the Belgian, according to The Mirror.
Lukaku has impressed when he’s been given the opportunity by Steve Clarke during his current spell at West Brom and his 13 goals have helped them into an eighth place in the Premier League table, but it’s unlikely that he will return to the Baggies next season and he isn’t interested in warming the bench at Stamford Bridge.
Despite scoring so many goals for Clarke’s side this term he hasn’t always been a regular in the side and was left out of the starting line-up against Arsenal as West Brom may be preparing for life without the 19-year-old.
Laudrup is an admirer of Lukaku and Swansea could prove to be the perfect destination for him as he would like to follow Thibaut Courtois’ example by impressing his parent club in European competition, whilst the Liberty Stadium provides the perfect environment for the forward to develop his talents by playing attractive football.
It’s thought that Swansea want to bring in Lukaku to take some of the pressure off Michu, who has 17 Premier League goals in his debut season and their next highest scorer is Jonathan De Guzman with five, so they will be keen to bring in someone else that has the potential to be prolific and it would be interesting to see if Laudrup has any plans on getting Michu to link-up with Lukaku and play the Spaniard off the Chelsea man.
Many Chelsea fans have grown impatient over the form of their forwards this season, especially Fernando Torres, and would like to see Lukaku given the chance to lead the line for the Blues. But I don’t see this becoming a reality as our next manager is likely to want to bolster their attacking options and it’s one thing to be banging the goals in for the Baggies, but it’s another to handle the pressures of being the number one forward at a club like Chelsea. He’s definitely good enough to be in the first team squad, I’d just rather he played regular football.