Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku

Roma are ready to go head-to-head with Tottenham and Arsenal to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

The Belgian, who is on loan from Chelsea, has been a revelation for the Toffees this season, scoring 14 goals in the league. He was a massive influence when the Merseyside club defeated Arsenal 3-0 at the Goodison Park to make themselves favourites to take the top four spot ahead of the Gunners.

However, Lukaku has fallen out of favour with Blue boss Jose Mourinho, who is willing to sell him in the summer to recoup funds to sign a world-class striker next summer.

The 20-year-old will have to decide his future before the World Cup as there are three top teams interested in acquiring his services - Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal.

According to the Mirror, Roma are ready to move for Lukaku as they aim to strengthen their squad for next season – and sporting director Walter Sabatini has reportedly held talks with both Chelsea and Spurs to discuss the possible signing of a player who has been labelled "Didier Drogba's heir".

If Roma do not reach an agreement for Lukaku, they may buy Erik Lamela back from Spurs at a much lower fee than they sold him for - while this would mean a significant financial loss for Tottenham, they would be free to sign Lukaku.

Spurs' neighbours Arsenal are also in the market for a new striker and may look to the Belgian if the opportunity arises.

However, Chelsea's decision will be decisive as Mourinho has repeatedly said that he does not have a top striker - and may ultimately revisit his decision to part with his young Belgian frontman.