Chelsea’s chase for their former striker Romelu Lukaku is starting to frustrate them.
The Blues sold the Belgian to Everton back in 2014 for £28m, but, in a classic case of your ex-girlfriend becoming way better looking after you dump her, they want him back.
Antonio Conte wants to sign the powerful front man to spearhead his new Chelsea side, and thus be able to either allow Diego Costa to leave or be able to bench the forward should he remain at the club and cause issues after a move back to Atletico Madrid became increasingly doubtful following the arrival of Kevin Gameiro.
Chelsea and Everton have been negotiating Lukaku’s sale all summer, but now the London side are ready to table one final eye watering bid for the 23-year-old – something they would not have been forced to do had a buyback clause been included in Lukaku’s original deal.
Chelsea were willing to pay £50m for the striker, who has scored 60 Premier League goals in his spells with West Bromwich Albion and Everton, but the Toffees are looking for a fee closer to £75m.
Conte’s side have pushed their bid to around £68m, but just like they did with John Stones last season, Everton are refusing to budge on their asking price.
The Stones transfer fell through after the Merseyside club stood firm on their valuation, and the same is happening with Lukaku.
It’s all close to breaking point, but Chelsea are ready to submit one final bid for the man they deemed not good enough just two years ago.
Along with the Paul Pogba to Manchester United saga this summer, it’s becoming a theme for clubs to pay huge prices to bring back former players.
It’s almost like clubs have more money than sense.