Chelsea have received a huge boost in their ongoing pursuit of Everton star Romelu Lukaku after the Merseyside club accepted that the striker wants to leave.
Reported in the Mirror, Everton have finally conceded the 23-year-old wants a return to London and former club Chelsea, but insist it is going to take far more than the initial £57 million currently on the table.
Lukaku arrived from Chelsea in 2014 for a price of £28 million and while Chelsea have offered double that, Everton are holding out for an incredible £75 million, just £4 million shy of the price Juventus paid for Serie A goal scoring phenom Gonzalo Higuain.
The Belgium international scored 25 goals in all competitions last season for the Toffees and club bosses, with the back of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, have been desperately trying to keep their big man at the club all summer. It appears now however, that the club has conceded defeat, but fully intend to cash in on losing their star striker.
Lukaku arrived at Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 for a price of £11 million and never scored for the club in his mere 15 appearances. It was loan spells with West Bromich Albion and then Everton that saw the Belgian prove his worth, scoring 32 goals in two seasons. This prompted the Goodison Park club to spend big to keep the Chelsea man in Liverpool full time.
Now, with Lukaku’s admitting that he has unfinished business with the Blues and with Everton accepting he wants to leave, the only thing that needs to be settled is a fee.
If the clubs hurry, perhaps it can be a Premier League record fee for a few days at least until Manchester united close their world record transfer of their own former player Paul Pogba.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena