Chelsea’s bid to re-sign Romelu Lukaku shows no sign of dying down.
Having rejected the Blues’ first offer (believed to have been around £57m) for the Belgian international striker, Everton have told Chelsea that they will not budge from their asking price of £75m.
However, according to the Mail this morning, the would-be buying club are seeking a compromise, and will look to offer £65m plus misfit forward Loïc Rémy to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old.
Rémy has scored just 12 goals since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2014, but with Everton short of forwards, and director of football Steve Walsh known to be a fan of the former French international, such an offer may prove tempting.
Chelsea’s determination to re-sign the striker they let go for £28m just two years ago has been ramped up recently, when it became obvious that one-time prime target Álvaro Morata would be staying at Real Madrid.
Since his move to Goodison Park, Lukaku has scored 62 goals in 127 matches and has enhanced his reputation as one of the brightest forward prospects in Europe. To that end, his agent Mino Raiola has been looking to engineer a move to one of Europe’s top clubs for some time.
New manager Antonio Conte has already signed Lukaku’s international compatriot Michy Batshuayi in a £33m deal from Maresille, but with Diego Costa’s Stamford Bridge future looking increasingly uncertain, Conte is looking for further striking reinforcements.
In fact, one could argue that the pursuit of Lukaku is the clearest indication yet that Costa’s time in England is coming to an end. Former club Atlético have made no secret of the fact that they would like to bring him back (despite signing Kevin Gameiro for €32m recently) and the feeling is apparently mutual.
There is a long way to go in these deals yet, but for now it looks like Lukaku will be returning to Stamford Bridge in the relatively near future.