Everton have slammed a massive price tag of £75 million on their star striker Romelu Lukaku, so as to ward off interest from other clubs.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 21, 2016
The ongoing summer transfer window seems to be the window of major returns. The likes of Alvaro Morata and Mario Gotze have already made their returns to Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively this summer, and the speculation linking Paul Pogba with a move back to Manchester United, and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku with a transfer back to Chelsea continues to loom large.
Chelsea have been reportedly looking for a striker for quite a while. The Blues initially targeted Alvaro Morata, who made a move back to Madrid after Zinedine Zidane activated the buy-back clause in the Spaniard’s Juventus contract. And contrary to reports suggesting the reigning European giants bought Morata back just to sell him again for a profit, it looks like Zidane intends to make full use of the 23-year-old striker this season.
Having suffered a blow in the Morata pursuit, Chelsea have now turned their attention towards their former striker, Romelu Lukaku. As per reports, the Belgium international meets the demands of Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte, which is why the London-based club have decided to make a move to secure the young forward’s services.
In fact, according to trusted Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Conte is now getting “serious” in the transfer market, and wants the club to wrap up the Lukaku transfer as quickly as possible.
However, Everton have no intention of losing their star man, especially to a fellow Premier League club. The Toffees have therefore slammed a £75 million price tag on their in-demand striker.
And not only have they increased Lukaku’s previous valuation (£65m) by a further £10 million, but the Merseyside club have also offered the Belgian a brand new contract to extend his stay at Goodison Park.