Romelu Lukaku remains a Chelsea player for now, but the idea of him leaving for a sum of €30million is looking more and more feasible with each passing day.
Liverpool's failed enquiry
It’s Juventus who are the latest club to find themselves mentioned strongly in connection with a move for his signature, with Arsenal’s interest having apparently waned since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.
However it’s undoubtedly the news that Liverpool have been rejected after making an initial enquiry that will be of most interest to fans, as the Reds continue their search for a replacement for Luis Suarez. It’s said that Brendan Rodgers and Co. sounded Chelsea out over Lukaku’s availability, but Jose Mourinho rebuffed them immediately as he doesn’t want to sell the Belgian striker to a rival Premier League club.
Though The Special One doesn't appear to want to use Lukaku himself moving forward, he is obviously wary of a scenario wherein he lets the Belgian striker leave, only to end up regretting it next season. By allowing him to transfer to Juventus it would mean direct repercussions would only be possible should the two sides meet in the Champions League.
As for Liverpool's interest it's no surprise that Lukaku has found himself on Rodgers' radar. The sale of Suarez has left a hole that needs to filled and though Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Emre Can have been bought in, none of them can replace the goals the Uruguayan promised. Rickie Lambert will no doubt be a route to the net, but he is a different type of player to Suarez, and is yet untested in Europe's premier competition.
Obi Mikel exit
It’s said Liverpool did propose to pay €24million, but all the same their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. In other news from Stamford Bridge John Obi Mikel is also being linked with a switch to the Serie A, and could be sold for as little as £5million. It’s reported that the Nigerian midfielder could leave west London this summer as part of Mourinho’s restructuring of the first-team squad, with Paul Pogba seen as the perfect replacement.
The young Frenchman is worth a colossal £60million, but his status as one of the world’s most promising midfielders could be enough to convince Roman Abramovich that the return would be worth the significant outlay on this occasion.
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