What is it with teams re-signing their former players this summer?
Mario Gotze has returned to Borussia Dortmund, Alvaro Morata has gone back to Real Madrid, Barcelona have brought back Denis Suarez, while Manchester United are on the verge of smashing the record transfer fee for their former player, Paul Pogba.
While it’s difficult to rival United’s incredible £92million re-signing of Pogba, Chelsea are trying their hardest.
That’s because, according to several reports, the Blues are attempt to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
The Mirror reported that Antonio Conte’s side had a £57million bid for the Belgian striker rejected. However, they have provided an update and are claiming that Everton have told Chelsea that they will need to shell out a staggering £75m in order to sign him.
Whether Conte will part with such a massive sum for the 23-year-old remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Ronald Koeman is desperate to keep hold of the forward.
Lukaku joined the Toffees for £28m just three years ago and has scored 61 goals for the Goodison Park club since.
If Chelsea do manage to bring Lukaku back to west London, it will surely raise question marks over the future of Diego Costa. They have already spent £33m on Michy Batshuayi while reports suggest Atletico Madrid are keen to bring Costa back to the club.
But, even in this crazy transfer window, surely £75m for Lukaku is too much. Isn’t it?
Conte on Lukaku
When asked about a potential deal to sign Lukaku, Conte refused to give anything away.
“I do not want to speak about the players of other teams,” he said.
“This is not respectful to the club or to their players. I prefer not to speak.
“The transfer market is not the most important thing. The important thing is to build a team – a team that plays in good and bad situations and concentrates and works together.”