According to English news outlet The Mirror, Chelsea are preparing a £68m bid for their former player Romelu Lukaku.
In August 2011, Lukaku joined English giants Chelsea from Belgian club Anderlecht for a fee reported to be around €12 million (£10 million), rising up to €20 million (£17 million) in add-ons. Lukaku was given the number 18 shirt, and signed a five-year contract.
Following his move to Chelsea under the then manager Andre Villas Boas, he was hailed as the new Drogba, for his similarity in playing style with the Ivorian.
On 13th May 2012, he started his first Premier League match, against Blackburn Rovers, and turned in a brilliant performance, earning the man of the match trophy. He provided the assist for captain John Terry’s goal.
But Lukaku endured a poor first season, and was then loaned out to West Bromwich Albion, where he enjoyed a wonderful campaign.
In the 2013-2014 season, he was expected to become a regular at Chelsea, but was instead sent on another loan, this time to Everton. Then Belgium international ended up permanently joining Everton the following season, for a fee of £28m. He enjoyed an excellent debut season with the Toffees in 2015-2016, wherein he scored 25 goals.
His top drawer performances have now prompted his former club Chelsea to send in a bid for him. According to the Mirror, the Blues have already failed with a £57m bid, with Everton demanding they pay a full £75m for Lukaku’s services.
It is understood that the talks between the two clubs have been ongoing for over a fortnight, with Everton refusing to budge over the striker’s fee.
Will Everton get to capitalise on Chelsea’s mistake of letting Lukaku leave by getting their £75m, or will new manager Ronald Koeman get to use the valuable services of the big Belgian upfront?