According to Daily Star, Chelsea are set to steal a march on their European rivals by launching a massive £50m bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The report claims that the Blues new manager Antonio Conte has told Chelsea to re-sign the 22-year-old star – and wants a deal done before Euro 2016.
It’s believed that Conte was interested in the 22-year-old then too, shortly before he resigned as Juventus manager. The Serie A champions eventually signed Alvaro Morata instead, but the Italian tactician has remained a big fan of Lukaku ever since.
The Toffees spent £28m bringing the player to Goodison from Chelsea in 2014, and are said to be demanding at least twice that figure to allow him to leave.
With Alexandre Pato, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are all expected to leave at the end of the season, there will be only one prolific target-man at Chelsea squad Diego Costa, who is four years older than Lukaku and bringing the promising forward to Stamford Bridge could be great investment for the future.
Chelsea dismissed Jose Mourinho, a coach who sold the Belgian at Everton. Also Antonio Conte prefers to play with two centre-forward and Lukaku could ideally fit Italian’s football philosophy.The 22-year-old already proved that he’s able to be extremely effective in offence by winning battles, aerial duels, shooting from distance, one-on-one finishing and providing assists. He has netted 25 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season and also registered six assists.
Roberto Martinez’s men currently sit 12th in England’s top division, and it seems unlikely that even Lukaku’s wildly impressive scoring record will get them into the Champions League next season – where the Belgian is desperate to play – within the next few seasons, making a move away from Goodison Park more attractive.