Romelu Lukaku's agent has revealed talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over a £20 million move from Chelsea to Spurs.
Christophe Henrotay suggests only a handful of Premier League clubs will be able to afford his Belgian client's fee, but confirms a preliminary chat with Levy, as reported by John Edwards of the Daily Mail:
"I have had talks with Daniel Levy, but there is nothing agreed with Tottenham," said Henrotay. "I am talking to different clubs, but it is true that there are not exactly 20 clubs who can afford Romelu."
Edwards suggests Everton would be "home and dry" in the race to sign Lukaku if they can confirm Champions League football next season. Victory over Arsenal on Sunday will push the Toffees to within one point of their opponents, but vitally, Roberto Martinez's side have a game in hand.
Which club would offer Romelu Lukaku the most successful future?
Lukaku appears surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have sent the 20-year-old out on loan for the past two seasons, a decision that has seen the behemoth emerge as one of the Premier League's top forwards. He scored 17 while on loan at West Brom last year and has 12 this season for Everton, per WhoScored.com.
The physical forward appears unwanted at Chelsea. Even so, Jose Mourinho has continuously berated his strikers for their lack of product this campaign and may be regretting his decision to let the youngster go.
Mourinho recently claimed he is "not happy" with the performances of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba after the Blues' 3-1 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain, reported by Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.
Daniel Storey of Football365 and Sky Sports highlights the lack of chances both Lukaku and fellow unused starlet Thibaut Courtois have suffered at the club:
Courtois and Lukaku have 407 career games between them and have been at Chelsea for three years. Made a combined 15 appearances for the club— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 3, 2014
Tottenham have had their own goalscoring problems recently and certainly need to bolster their attack in the summer. Tim Sherwood's decision to reinstate Emmanuel Adebayor to the side was an excellent one, but the Togo international's recent injury has only left a misfiring Roberto Soldado and developing Harry Kane in his place.
It's unlikely Adebayor and Lukaku would start together due to their similar styles of play. Both strikers regularly hold the ball up and look to finish inside the area. They are powerful, offer decent pace and are used to spearheading their respective teams' attack in a lone role.
Sherwood "strongly suggested" he is looking to add players with Premier League experience at the close of the season, noted by Sky Sports. Lukaku has racked up 69 appearances in the top flight across three years, a substantial amount considering his age.
He is certainly a snip at the reported £20 million, per Edwards' article. Not only is Lukaku's overall game continuing to improve, he already has the quality to make consistent contributions to Everton's quest for Champions League football.
Would Chelsea regret selling Romelu Lukaku?
Lukaku's potential is there for everyone to see. While Tottenham could certainly use attacking reinforcements, perhaps a poacher is of greater importance if Adebayor is to remain at White Hart Lane.
Everton are sure to feel the effects of Lukaku's departure if he doesn't return to Merseyside, but after selling Marouane Fellaini for £27 million, Martinez may have the funds to bring the forward in on a permanent basis.
Lukaku's future is sure to dominate plenty of speculation across the summer. It's not often such a young, proven goalscorer becomes available, so expect plenty of clubs to try and lure him away from Chelsea for good.