Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard believes Everton and Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku is a decent choice to replace Diego Costa, but feels the Spain striker departure from Stamford Bridge will be a big blow for Chelsea.
Costa claimed Antonio Conte no longer wanted him at the Premier League champions, in spite of his 22 goals in 2016-17.
Lukaku, 24, has frequently been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge after four seasons at Everton. Lampard said the Belgium international would be a fine substitute, but added that there were different conceivable outcomes.
“I know Romelu from playing alongside him, it was early on in his career and he probably didn’t get the chances in his first spell at the club,” he told Sky Sports.
“He’s certainly developed to a huge degree since he left the club, Romelu would certainly be a good option. The only thing Chelsea have to look at is the inflated market that is around now, it makes it very tough.
“In terms of an all-round striker, he’s proven to have scored goals at Everton, but there are others. I’m sure they’ll try and get a player in the same mode as Diego Costa that can give them a physical presence and 20 goals a season.”