Chelsea's transfer policy will come under serious scrutiny if Everton manage to sell Romelu Lukaku for £60million this summer.
The 22-year-old has been in sensational goal-scoring form this season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions including 15 in the Premier League. Only record-breaker Jamie Vardy has been able to match that.
It is hard to believe that the barnstorming striker was once considered below the required level to play for Chelsea. He is certainly fulfilling the talent he once showed as a teenager at Anderlecht.
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His terrific form has seen the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid linked with an interest and has also convinced the Toffees to slap a £60m price tag on his head.
Chelsea fans are already fearing a repeat of the Kevin De Bruyne situation. The midfielder, an international team-mate of Lukaku's, was sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014 for £18m but returned to the Premier League just 18 months later as one of Europe's best players. He cost Manchester City £55m.
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Everton forked out £28m to sign Lukaku, and, in another significant blow for Chelsea, the Times have now revealed that Stamford Bridge officials did not put a sell-on clause in the deal. That means they will get 0% of any fee Everton receive for Lukaku. What an oversight that has proven to be.
They made the same mistake with De Bruyne. Sell-on clauses are pretty standard in football these days as are buy-back clauses. Chelsea waived their right to both, instead maximising the transfer fee, but it could end up costing them significant if Lukaku is sold for his full value.
Indeed, Arsenal insisted on a 20% sell-on clause when they sold Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in 2011, meaning they received £5.6m from Chelsea when they bought him in 2014.
Chelsea's transfer policy was praised under Jose Mourinho as he won the title whilst also generating profit from player sales. However, Lukaku and De Bruyne represent serious oversights from the Special One. It has cost the Blues more than just money, but two seriously talented players.
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