With Antonio Conte now at the reins, Chelsea have been linked with countless players over the course of the summer. Despite this, the Blues have only sealed two major signings under the Italian - N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi.
In addition, it appears another one of the west London side’s transfer plans has fallen through.
After months of speculation, Romelu Lukaku has reportedly committed his future to Everton and quelled reports of a Stamford Bridge return in the process. It’s a significant blow for Conte.
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With Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao out of the club as well as Loic Remy seemingly taking residence in exile, Chelsea have been in search of strikers all summer.
One of the most frequented names has proven Lukaku. After all, the Belgian certainly appears the quick-fix the Blues would be looking for.
With 60 Premier League goals to his name at just 23-years-old, big money was being proposed. Rumours even escalated to a point where Chelsea were believed to be putting a ludicrous £68 million on the table.
Either way, it was apparent that the Blues were regretting their decision to offload the Belgian in 2014 for what comparatively proves pittance.
The man himself has finally put the speculation to rest though with what many people will view as a surprise decision.
Despite Champions League football and blockbuster wages on offer, Lukaku has committed himself to Everton according to the Mirror.
The striker has informed Ronald Koeman that he will reject approaches from his old club and remain on Merseyside for at least another campaign.
In light of Lukaku’s tremendous goal scoring record, physicality and skill, it proves a huge boost to Everton. Maintaining their star man will go a long way in ensuring the Toffees succeed under their new management.
As for Chelsea, they'll be left to settle with Batshuayi and Diego Costa. That being said, such a deadly partnership certainly goes a long way to soften the blow of missing out on their ex-forward.
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