Transfer news: Romelu Lukaku appears close to Chelsea exit for 'new chapter'
Last Updated: 30/07/14 5:42pm
Romelu Lukaku appears to be on his way out of Chelsea after posting a tweet through his official account hinting that he is ready for the next challenge in his career.
The striker has been linked with Everton, Wolfsburg and Juventus this summer after struggling to force his way into the first-team picture at Chelsea since his arrival from Anderlecht in 2011.
Despite the summer departures of strikers Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o, the 21-year-old’s first-team chances at Stamford Bridge look bleak following Chelsea’s capture of Diego Costa and the return of Didier Drogba.
Along with a photo of himself on an aeroplane, Lukaku tweeted: "Time to write a new chapter."
The tweet caused online bookmaker Sky Bet to cease trading on his next destination, with an announcement seemingly imminent.
Everton were 1/4 favourites before the plug was pulled, with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg rated 5/1, followed by Serie A champions Juventus at 8/1.
Lukaku mustered just eight Premier League appearances in his first season at Chelsea and failed to find the find the back of the net.
The following season saw the striker loaned to West Brom where he scored 17 league goals in 35 appearances, helping the club to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
The Belgium international spent last season on loan at Everton where he became a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park after netting 15 times in 35 Premier League matches.