Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is a summer target for current European champions Real Madrid.

According to the Express, The Spanish capital club are looking for a replacement for Alvaro Morata, who moved to Juventus earlier in the summer, and have earmarked Lukaku as the perfect replacement to fill the void.

Carlo Ancelotti has been on the market for a striker post Morata's departure, and has been linked with a loan move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, but is now also keen to bring the big Belgian forward to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Lukaku, who joined Chelsea in 2011 has made just 10 appearances for his parent club, but he has had highly impressive loan stints, first with West Bromwich Albion and the 2013-14 campaign was spent with Everton, where he scored 15 goals in 31 league games.

The 21-year-old striker's performances have attracted interest from various clubs, but it does not seem to have impressed the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to give him a prominent role in the Chelsea team.

They have made it clear that they do not view him as a key player for the club after they signed strikers Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and also recently re-signed Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, the player Lukaku was supposed to emulate post his move to the Blues.

However, it won't be easy sailing for the Spanish capital club as Everton are keen admirers of the striker and are willing to bid the £20m needed to take Lukaku back to Goodison Park on a permanent transfer.

The Belgian forward might choose Merseyside over Madrid, as he already knows the club and the surroundings well and will also be guaranteed a regular starting place in the team unlike Real where he will be playing as backup for Karim Benzema.

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez, had a fabulous first season with the Merseyside club taking them to fifth place after coming close to beating Arsenal for a place in the Champions League.

According to the Daily Mail, the former Wigan boss feels confident about landing Lukaku before the end of the summer transfer window.

"Of course we'll get him," Martinez told fans during their pre-season tour of Thailand.