This summer is all about players making sensational returns to their former club.
Mario Gote, Alvaro Morata and Denis Suarez have done exactly that, while Paul Pogba is seemingly on the verge of re-signing for Manchester United.
And there could be another one returning to their old stamping ground in the form of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has been heavily linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge before the transfer window slams shuts.
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The Daily Mail reported that Antonio Conte submitted a £68million bid for the Everton striker but his club are holding out for £75m.
But what does Lukaku think of a return to west London? Well, the same newspaper state that he has told his teammates that he wants to leave the club this summer and believes he can be more successful at the Blues this time around.
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Lukaku spent two seasons at Chelsea but only made 15 appearances in all competitions, without scoring and he seemingly believes he has unfinished business there.
Conte has already splashed £33m on another Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi and it’s unknown whether he will be willing to match Everton’s massive valuation of Lukaku.
Conte coy on Lukaku
When asked directly about Lukaku, Conte refused to give anything away by saying: “I do not want to speak about the players of other teams.
“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.”
Although it’s not quite on the level of Paul Pogba returning to United for around £100m after he was allowed to leave for free, it would prove to be another costly mistake if Chelsea do spend £75m on Lukaku. Just three years ago, he joined Everton for £28m and has since scored 61 goals for the Goodison Park club.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time Chelsea have re-signed one of their players for a lot more than they sold him for. They allowed Nemanja Matic to join Benfica in 2011 in a swap deal for David Luiz, whilst paying more than £20m in the process. However, less than three years later, they re-signed him for £21m.
It’s clear that Chelsea are keen on Lukaku and now it appears the forward wants to move as well. It’s just a question of whether they’re willing to meet Everton’s valuation.
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