Many questioned the wisdom of letting Romelu Lukaku leave Stamford Bridge in 2014, with the then 21 year old joining Everton for a reported fee of £28m.
Lukaku, who many looked at as the heir to Didier Drogba’s throne, had failed to cement a place in the Chelsea team following a move from Anderlecht in 2011.
Playing just 15 games under Andre Villas-Boas and then Roberto Di Matteo, Lukaku’s best work came whilst out on loan at West Brom and then Everton.
The Belgian terrorised the Premier League and memorably sent Sir Alex Ferguson into retirement with a hat trick as West Brom drew 5-5 in the Scot’s final game, whilst at Goodison Park his goals helped Everton into Europe for the first time in 5 years as he ended the 2013/2014 season as top scorer for the Blues.
Since making his move permanent Lukaku hasn’t let up, scoring 45 goals in 94 games.
Rumours of a return to Stamford Bridge are nothing new but things have really picked up this summer with new manager Antonio Conte keen to add fire power to a front line that under performed badly last term.
He has already signed Lukaku’s international teammate Michy Batshuayi but with Diego Costa’s future constantly in doubt, it is thought that more is needed.
Chelsea reportedly have been testing the water to see if the striker would be interested in a return to West London, and with a positive response are set to press ahead with plans to sign him.
It’s been reported that Everton are holding out for an eye water £75m for the 23 year old, a figure that has been made reasonable with the big money moves of this summer, but Chelsea are thought to be confident of a fee £15m south of that.
The Express claim that Chelsea will attempt to re-sign the young attacker for £60m, having already had a £57m bid rejected this summer. Chelsea have already experienced how tough Everton can be when negotiating transfers, having failed to wrestle John Stones from them last summer so perhaps their confidence is somewhat misplaced!