Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Blues confident of Romelu Lukaku deal
Chelsea Football Club is confident of roping in Belgian Striker Romelu Lukaku for the upcoming Premier League season beginning next month. Previously, a £57 million offer for the player was rejected by his current club Everton. According to the reports of the Daily Mirror, Everton will settle for a transfer fee of £75 million for their top scorer in the previous season. But it was clear that Lukaku is keen to make a comeback to Stamford Bridge. Back in 2014, he moved to Everton from Chelsea for a transfer fee of £28 million, which is less than half of what the officials at Goodison Park are asking for.
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Prior to this deal, Chelsea has signed another Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille. The Blues had the most disappointing Premier League in recent years last season. They were lucky to finish in the top-half at 10th defending the title they won the year prior to that. Italian coach Antonio Conte is going to face an uphill task to revive the lost glory of the club and guide his team to a Top-4 finish at least. Earlier this month, Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain headed to Italian Champions Juventus for a massive fee and the transfer market is witnessing many big-money deals.
Belgium had a disappointing European Championship this year, having lost to Italy in the first match by 2 goals, they came back strongly in the next match against the Republic of Ireland thrashing them 3-0 where, Lukaku scored a brace. The Antwerp-born footballer admitted that he has some unfinished business left at Stamford Bridge, the club where he played 15 competitive games but failed to find the back of the net.
The Toffees finished 11th last season, one place below Chelsea, the same position they earned in the 2013/14 campaign as well. Keeping the last two seasons aside, they have performed fairly in the Premier League. During David Moyes’ reign as the manager, Everton has emerged as a potential powerhouse of English Club Football but Roberto Martinez, after a great first season, was sacked by the club, despite leading them to the final of the FA Cup.
The Spanish manager was replaced by Dutchman Ronald Koeman and It will be interesting to see how Koeman can cope up with the transfer of Lukaku and find a suitable replacement for him.