News has emerged from Stamford Bridge, that following a controversial interview that Lukaku gave recently, he has been frozen out by boss Thomas Tuchel, which has potentially led to the Belgian centre-forward seeking a reunion with Conte who he won Serie A under at Inter Milan last season.
This led to a £97 million move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window, which was billed as a game-changer for the Blues and a move that could help to deliver them the Premier League title, however, an injury to the frontman plus a dip in form has left the Blues significantly adrift of Manchester City.
What is the likeliest scenario?
It is hard to see Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich agreeing to let one of his most prized assets substantially strengthen a potential rival, however, the manager he brought in mid-way through last season had an immediate effect, winning him the Champions League.
Spurs chief, Daniel Levy has proven to be one of the toughest negotiators in football and with Abramovich likely to demand a price that would give him a significant profit, any such move – especially in January, is hard to imagine.
Discipline is one characteristic that Tuchel has built his Chelsea squad on, which helped to rejuvenate players last season, both in how they conducted themselves and their style of play.
After a positive start to the season for the Blues, Lukaku’s performances have dropped off, reflected by his record of seven goals in 18 appearances across all competitions (five in 13 Premier League outings).
Could Chelsea replace Lukaku?
Based on his statistics this season, a move to Spurs may actually not be unrealistic, however, Chelsea will know that Conte knows how to get the best out of him, which could help a rival.
However, with the future of reported target, Erling Braut Haaland, up in the air, an ambitious bid for the lethal Borussia Dortmund striker to replace him could become a priority. January though, rarely witnesses many major signings and two of this gravity involving the same club verges more on being unrealistic.
If Lukaku still isn’t happy by the summer though, there is a chance that a move may well be in the offing.