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Malaga plan swoop for Blues strikers

Malaga eye a potential deal for Lukaku or Demba Ba

By | 22nd August 2013
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Malaga manager Bernd Schuster is hoping to secure the services of either Romelu Lukaku or Demba Ba from Chelsea before the end of the transfer window if the north London club complete the signing of Wayne Rooney.

The Daily Star is reporting that the La Liga outfit would prefer signing the twenty-year-old Lukaku on loan, as Chelsea’s attempts to sign Rooney intensify with a reported £40 million bid in the works for the England international.

After finishing Chelsea’s preseason in phenomenal form, Lukaku has stated that he prefers to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for a starting spot. However, signing Rooney would only increase competition for the position that already has a handful of star-studded names, leading to a possible loan spell for the Belgian international in order to maintain his form and gain first team experience.

Schuster is reportedly expecting Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to send Lukaku on another loan assignment this season, and would love the opportunity to add a player of his strength and caliber to a lineup that currently lacks a big-name goalscorer.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are confident that the increase in Rooney’s bid to £40 million is likely to convince the United executive board to part ways with the forward, who still has two years left on his current £225,000-a-week contract.

If the Blues choose to keep Lukaku in London this season, Malaga will reportedly look to Ba as the next best option to reinforce their front line, with the Senegalese international believed to be available for a fee of around £8 million. However, the current budgetary constraints facing Malaga may halt the move, even if Chelsea are looking to offload the player.

The Stamford Bridge side maintained their perfect record in the new Premier League season yesterday with a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa to go top of the table, with Mourinho’s men looking to build on their current form in preparation for the team’s next match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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