With numerous reports stating that Chelsea are preparing a £68 million bid for their former front-man and current Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, here I try to make sense of whether such a deal would be a wise move.
Everton paid £28 million for the Belgian international on the 30th of July, 2014 and is under contract at the Toffees until June 2019. His total number of Premier League goals scored currently stands at 60 for all of the clubs he has played for.
The strong, competent striker displayed moments of brilliance last season making him Everton’s top goal scorer with 18 goals and overall the fourth best in the league, six behind Sergio Agüero. His tally of goals scored in all competitions for Everton last season was 25. His most notable moment from the 2015/16 campaign has to be his superb opening goal in the FA Cup Quarter-Final victory over Chelsea.
The millions offered by Chelsea is a substantial amount of money. However, we cannot forget that is increasingly normalised in the modern game. In addition, Lukaku’s goal scoring record speaks for itself, which is why I feel £68 million is in fact a fair price for the striker. Football players seem to be going for more and more money nowadays causing people to barely bat an eyelid when they see such prices being attached to footballers.
In my opinion, Chelsea also need another proven Premier League goal scorer to ease the burden off of Diego Costa and bolster their attack. As long as Lukaku would receive similar service as to what was provided at Everton by the likes of Gerard Deulofeu, then I see no reason as to why he should not be a success at Stamford Bridge.
Michy Batshuayi who joined Chelsea from Marseille on the 3rd of July, 2016 appeared to be the player that Antonio Conte had selected to play this role. However the fact that Chelsea are reported to be so eager to sign Lukaku and as the 22 year old signed a five year contract could suggest he is a more of a long term project and future prospect for Chelsea, rather than the instant prolific goal scorer to play alongside Costa.
I believe that despite the large sum needed to persuade Everton to reluctantly let their main striker move to pastures new, it would be a profitable move for Chelsea, should the striker find similar form to what he has experienced at Everton.