Chelsea demand £31m fee for Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea are willing to let Romelu Lukaku leave this summer - but only if one of his suitors cough up £31 million according to the Daily Star.

The Belgian is seemingly on his way out of Stamford Bridge despite Chelsea's lack of strikers. He has spent the last two seasons out on loan at West Brom and Everton respectively, and despite a poor showing at the World Cup is wanted by some of Europe's finest clubs.


Everton would like him back at Goodison Park on a permanent basis, while Liverpool have also been linked with a surprise swoop. 

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The likes of Wolfsburg, Juventus and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest in the talented youngster, but whether any of them are willing to cough up £31 million remains to be seen. 

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Indeed, the Daily Star say that Juventus have pulled out of the race after being quoted that price, and have moved on to target Liverpool forward Fabio Borini.

Lukaku does have a proven track record in the Premier League having scored 22 goals in 66 league games with Everton and West Brom, and that may tempt one of his suitors into coughing up the cash. 

It had previously been suggested that Chelsea would consider loaning him out again, but the Daily Star say that isn't an option, and he'll either be sold or remain at Stamford Bridge next season. 


Chelsea look short of options in attack despite the arrival of Diego Costa, and recent speculation suggests that Fernando Torres may well be sold too. It is unlikely that Mourinho would be willing to let both Lukaku and Torres leave, especially given that Demba Ba has joined Besiktas.

Everton remain firm favourites to secure Lukaku's services. The Belgian had previously suggested that he would only join a club who could complete for titles, however his relationship with Roberto Martinez may be enough to convince him to head back to Merseyside.

Liverpool plans

Where Liverpool's current interest is remains unclear. They look close to landing Lukaku's countryman Divock Origi, but their spending won't end there.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could spend up to £150 million this summer having already landed Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

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