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Chelsea could complete an incredible deal this summer

Sunday 30th April 2017
Whether it is a player's choices on or off the pitch or a club's decisions in the transfer window, the choices of clubs and players are rarely ever agreed upon by the entire public. However, Chelsea may be hugely vindicated in their decision to let a promising youngster leave back in 2014.
Romelu Lukaku was tipped by many fans as a real talent and a promising player that would blossom in the future. However, he played just ten times for Chelsea across a three year period, scoring no goals. During this spell, he spent most of his time on loan at other Premier League clubs, where he made a name for himself as a goalscorer.

With West Brom, he scored 17 goals in 35 games, before he netted 15 in 31 for Everton. This strike rate saw the Belgian earn a permanent contract with the Toffees. They gave Chelsea £28 million for his services.

Since then, Lukaku has been in outstanding form, finding the net 52 times in 106 appearances. He also currently leads the way in the Premier League top scorer charts with 24 goals this term. All of these stats point to Lukaku growing into a real goalscoring threat, and one which many of Europe's top clubs are currently monitoring.

One club currently looking for a new striker is Lukaku's former club, Chelsea. The Blues may need to replace Diego Costa this summer, with the Spanish striker subject to real interest from the Chinese League.

This is why Chelsea's willing to let the Belgian go may have been a master-stroke on their part. By releasing Lukaku to Everton, they received a decent transfer fee and were able to take him off their wage bill.

In conjunction with the financial side of this, Lukaku has continued to improve with each performance and has become a huge goal threat. His pace, power and finishing ability are incredible, while his temperament makes him a far more reliable player than Costa, who is often involved in needless scuffles off the ball.

What makes Lukaku a viable signing is the fact he has already spent time at Chelsea and is still plying his trade in the Premier League. Tottenham saw with Roberto Soldado that strikers in other leagues often encounter difficulties when they switch to England's top division; the Spanish striker moved back to Spain after an unhappy spell with Spurs.

This is not a problem Lukaku would encounter though, making him the ideal replacement for Costa, should he leave Stamford Bridge.

The general consensus surrounding Chelsea's decision to part company with Lukaku was questioned. This questioning became derision once the Belgian began to show his class. However, much like Paul Pogba at Manchester United, he may feel he has unfinished business at his former club.

While Chelsea may have to fork out a huge sum in order to regain Lukaku's services, they would be bringing back a far better player without the difficulties of blooding a young forward into a side that is expected to win titles.

What makes his transfer back to the Blues even more likely is Chelsea will have Champions League football next season, while Everton will not. This, coupled with Lukaku's desire to leave, could see his potential transfer price reduced. However, the difficulty is more likely with the competition Chelsea face for his services, with Real Madrid also hovering over the Belgian.
Ben Darvill

I graduated with an upper second class degree in English and Creative writing from Cardiff Metropolitan University. I have been a freelance sports writer since leaving University and have written for a number of online websites. I am a Chelsea and England fan but I enjoy watching any team play as I have an intense passion for football.


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