Chelsea Willing To Sacrifice Two Stars To Land Key Man

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Chelsea’s rebuilding job is nearing completion.

Antonio Conte has already signed N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi to strengthen his team ahead of his first Premier League season, but wants one more big name before the transfer window shuts.

That name is Romelu Lukaku, and Conte is willing to offer cash as well as two big name players in order to land the Belgian.

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Asmir Begovic and Loic Remy are seen as sweeteners for the deal, although the Blues would still have to stump up at least £50m on top of the pair, as Everton rate Lukaku at £75m.

Chelsea have already had multiple bids for their former striker turned down by the Toffees, as they try and buy back the man they sold for £28m just two years ago.

Conte sees Lukaku as his main striker for the upcoming season, with Diego Costa set to return to Atletico Madrid if the Belgian re-signs at Stamford Bridge.

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Everton are in the market for a new goalkeeper, having seen Tim Howard return to America, and Joel Robles try and fail to catch a ball.

Begovic would certainly be a good move, with the former Stoke City goalkeeper too good to sit on Chelsea’s bench all season, playing understudy to Thibaut Courtois.

And Remy would be a smart signing too, with Lukaku leaving a hole in the Everton attack that the Frenchman could easily fill. In his last full season as a first choice striker in the Premier League, Remy scored 14 goals in 28 games for Newcastle United.

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Two decent players plus all that cash is surely too good for Ronald Koeman to turn down, and there’s continued interest from Manchester City towards John Stones.

Should Stones leave along with Lukaku, Everton would have over £100m in the bank to spend on a new centre back, and with Begovic and Remy, two problem areas sorted.

Sounds like a no brainer to me.