It is one of the more crazy rumours that you are going to hear but various quarters of the press claim that a swap deal involving Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli could be on the cards.
As transfer gossip goes this is a fairly amusing one and after trawling through the numerous mentions of it on the internet it seems as though nobody wants to take ownership of it as Portuguese outfit A Bola claim they got it from Le10Sport and the French cite SportsDirect News as a source.
Jose Mourinho is allegedly frustrated by his current batch of strikers, including Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, and will seek an alternative in the near future which would come of no surprise to many but the same reports moot a shocking swap deal for Mario Balotelli with Lukaku set to go the other way.
Many fans questioned Chelsea’s decision to loan Lukaku out in the first place so wouldn’t be best pleased if he was now deemed surplus to requirements and left the club on a permanent basis but despite proving himself on the pitch the 20-year-old may be talking himself out of a future at Stamford Bridge with the little digs he’d often make towards the club. Although his frustration is understandable as he deserved a chance, it won’t do him any good to rub people up the wrong way.
On the other side of the coin, having ex-Manchester City forward Balotelli at Chelsea seems just to mad a concept to be true. The Italian striker hasn’t had any problems in front of goal after scoring 17 in 26 since his arrival at AC Milan but his behaviour has been called into question again and it was his temperament that caused a strained relationship with Jose Mourinho when they were both at Inter Milan.
I’m actually a fan of Balotelli as a player and his quirks are undoubtedly entertaining (maybe not if he’s a your club) but I can’t a manager who once called him ‘unmanageable’ letting a bright young prospect like Lukaku in order to acquire him.