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Citing reports in Italy, the Express suggest that supposed interest in Romelu Lukaku from Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Wolfsburg has prompted Chelsea to slap a €40m price tag on the Belgian striker.

Everton remain hopeful of being able to bring the 21 year-old to Goodison Park on a permanent basis after his successful season-long loan last season but may struggle to compete if Lukaku insists on moving to a Champions League club.

Chelsea may also opt to loan Lukaku out for another season but pressure from the striker for a permanent switch or a good World Cup for the striker may tempt them to cash in on his market value.

Original Source: Daily Express  

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Joe Clitherow
655 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:35:45
Delusional - or trash paper talk.

One of the two

Steve Cunningham
659 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:47:31
From what I’ve just seen with Belgium I wouldn’t pay 3.2 million let alone 32.
Let’s move on and get Bony
Derek Knox
660 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:43:56
Watching the Belgium / Algeria match before, and I appreciate Rom didn't get much service from his team-mates, but the few pieces of action where he was involved did show he hasn't got a very good first touch !

I think the new inflated price tag is clearly far too high, and has been conjured up by journos or agents.

I was surprised when they were looking to change things, that Mirallas didn't get a nod.

Eugene Ruane
662 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:39:38
Congratulations Daily Express, this is obviously a piece that has been produced only after months of hard slog. Journalists at the Express have obviously been working their socks off researching, meeting contacts at all hours of the day and night, having to follow up on leads, confirm stories, write, edit, re-write etc etc. I imagine there was also weeks of travel abroad and round the country, snatched meals and sleepless nights. I for one am VERY impressed.
Colin Glassar
664 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:54:37
Chelsea haven't got a hope in hell of getting that kind of money for Lukaku. £20-25m tops for (maybe £30m with add-ons) and only because he has potential to be a truly outstanding player.
I don't think Chelsea are that insane to expect someone will cough up such an exorbitant amount so I'll put this down to paper trash.
Steve Woods
667 Posted 17/06/2014 at 20:14:18
I'm with Eugene 662 on this.
Kunal Desai
671 Posted 17/06/2014 at 20:50:58
The media are shite in this country, it's probably one of the best jobs in the world to fill back pages full of bullshit.
Peter Gorman
672 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:06:48
In light of his performance against Algeria – complete striker, my arse.
Steve Fletcher
674 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:16:01
The Express? The Daily Express? The biggest pile of shite in British newspaper publishing Daily Express? (and there is some competition for that accolade.) That paper is so dire I can tell you what next Mondays front page headline will be. It will either be health related (exercise is good for you, an imminent breakthrough in alzeimers or cancer or a wonderpill has been discovered) or weather (hot/wet). It will also have something about Madeline MCann and/or Kate Middleton, and probabaly something about benefit scroungers/Muslims/the EU or a combination of all 3. Trust me- file this away and take a look. So take ANYTHING it says on ANY subject and laugh at it. It makes The Sun look like a work of genius.
Mike Hughes
675 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:20:39
Sussed the media out years ago and it's been several years since I bought any of them - even the Indy.

Anything of importance is free online.

Regarding rumour, I'm only interested when it comes true otherwise it's WTF - reminiscent of Bullseye's Jim Bowen's "Look what you could have won."

As for the Express, I'm surprised they haven't woven Princess Di or the British weather into the Lukaka 'story'.

Drew Shortis
682 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:38:24
I would love to sign Romelu, but for that kind of money we could get two or three signings of similar (current) quality. The World Cup is a great reminder that there is a world of talent out there and I'm sure Martinez is taking note of many talents that would command a much more realistic fee. Lukaku may be a £40m player in two or three years, but we can't afford to stump up anything like that for potential. A team with huge financial backing might just pay that for him though (IE Monaco, PSG or Juventus).
Jim Bennings
683 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:55:43
He has never played a full season at Chelsea, how can they expect 32 million for Lukaku??

We really need to either make an offer of what we rate Lukaku at or just simply put this one to bed as its more than likely not happening.

I haven't been greatly impressed with any of the strikers who we could potentially be linked with at the World Cup.

We are not getting Neymar or Muller so that leaves the under the radar guys but nit many look great.

This may sound weird but apart from Wilfred Bony, I wouldn't be looking at too many strikers from the African nation's.

They all look too individual and very rarely look much good in all honesty.

They were all raving about Nigeria's Emenike but watched him last night... Shite... Bakayoko Mark 2.

That's why I say, all this talk about signing players after the World Cup is a bit mad because the best ones are the guys who already play for the biggest and best European clubs and we have no hope of getting.

Patrick Murphy
685 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:04:34
If for argument's sake the Express has got it right and that would be a first, I wouldn't put it past Mourinho to block Lukaku from moving on to a new club. If the lad wants to play regularly, he would probably have to go out on loan. It wouldn't be financially beneficial for Chelsea but the Chosen One is a stubborn man and he usually gets his own way, one way or another – just a thought.
Jamie Barlow
687 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:12:14
It just seems so wrong to me.

Rich club buys the best prospects. Loans them out for 2 seasons. Sells for more than 3x what they paid for them. They're making about £20 odd million and he isn't really a Chelsea player. They just happened to have a spare £10 million to snap him up.

Mark Frere
688 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:20:13
Jamie - unless the loan system is scrapped altogether and tighter restrictions are implemented on squad limits, stockpiling by the rich clubs will always happen.
Jim Bennings
689 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:23:46
If I was Everton, regarding Lukaku I would offer Chelsea a take it or leave it bid between £16-18 million.

We can't afford more than £20 million, certainly not the ridiculously stupid amount of £32 million if those rumours are true.

We should test the water, Chelsea clearly don't have plans for Lukaku and just maybe they may think getting something over 15 million is worth their while, of course that assuming some other rich bitch club doesn't come in and offer the full whack.

We are already six squad players down since the season ended a month ago, regardless of what quality they were, that's still a considerable chunk of the squad missing so the sooner the better we get our skates on and start some business.

Ray Roche
695 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:48:13
If, as I've read, Lukaku cost Chelsea £10m and we paid a reported £5m loan fee and, say, WBA paid a similar amount, Chelsea have already covered most of their outlay and haven't had to fork out much in the way of wages either. Anything they get for Lukaku will be a,most clear profit. Bill, THAT'S the way to do business! .
Sam Hoare
697 Posted 17/06/2014 at 23:05:30
I have said for a while that I don't think there's any chance whatsoever that we will get Lukaku permanently. He wants Champions League certainty. Our only chance is if Chelsea keep him and loan him out again.

What I'm interested in is who is our second choice? Bony? Remy? Someone we've never heard of?

On a desperate note, I am watching S Korea vs Russia and reminded of Chong Lee who plays for Bolton. He was very handy in the Prem for them before his injury and would be a very tidy affordable option to my eye.

Sam Hoare
700 Posted 17/06/2014 at 23:14:00
Whoops. I meant Lee Chung-yong.
James Stewart
706 Posted 17/06/2014 at 23:46:58
£32 million... as if. No-one will pay that for him.
Jim Bennings
713 Posted 18/06/2014 at 00:07:42

I'm watching this game too Russia v South Korea, barely keeping my eyes open though.

I don't see an awful lot of striking quality in either side to be honest, a lot of running but where's the end product?

Pretty poor I'd say.

Ant Dwyer
719 Posted 18/06/2014 at 01:04:14
If Chelsea have put a price of £32M on Rom’s head, it’s clear that he’s not for sale!!! No-one will pay that, therefore there’s a massive chance they will loan him out again next season, once they blag him to sign a new deal. Everyone’s a winner!!!

Rom gets first-team footy and a pay-rise and Chelsea get another year’s worth of growth outta another side and get to keep a top young talent.

With a lot of luck, we may get to snatch him as Bill has a lot of friends at Chelsea (hahha)!!!

John Shepherd
722 Posted 18/06/2014 at 01:37:31

If someone was insane enough to pay £50 million for David Luiz, then £32 million for Romelu Lukaku is not out the equation.

I'm not having a go at your comment, even though he's not worth £32 million, it's a starting point for £25 million maybe.

Gary Edwards
728 Posted 18/06/2014 at 04:21:20
In agreement with JIm (#689), 16m and that's it. He did himself no favours in the match vs. Algeria, we saw quite a lot of that ineffectiveness / often disenchantment last season. IMO he needs to play in a certain system, seemingly similar to what the way we played last year and then he looks good when he can be arsed.

Thought Kenwright was well in at Stamford Bridge, that being the case 12m plus first rights on Garbutt should do it.

Ralph Basnett
737 Posted 18/06/2014 at 07:07:18

Costa cost £32 mill, they want to get as much back if Lukaku is sold = £32 mill. Simple maths; garbage journalism.

Are we not the same club that said Rooney would not go for less than £50 mill and he went for a lot less, and apparently Barkley is worth upwards of £100 mill of anyone’s money!

Selling clubs have an asking price, buying clubs have a willing-to-do-business price and they generally meet in the middle, it’s called business.

So therefore, as I don’t rate Lukaku, that makes his worth £0, Chelski rate him at £32 mill, meet half-way: £16 mill everyone happy!!


Peter Foy
746 Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:17:10
He'll drop in value after every game he plays and gets found out. He'd be a gamble at £10M.
Guy Hastings
747 Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:28:55
If he was worth £32m they wouldn't have had to buy Costa. And that's a lot of coffee.
Stuart Gray
750 Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:41:25
Unless he has an amazing remainder of the World Cup, there is no chance of them getting £32M. Maybe £15M rising to £32M if he wipes out Suarez.
Mike Allison
753 Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:52:25
"If he was worth £32M, they wouldn't have had to buy Costa."

Exactly. You don't sell a player who's worth £32M.

Tony Waring
754 Posted 18/06/2014 at 09:02:10
Not worth that much. He didn't look too good last night but then Belgium were crap and he hardly received a pass the whole time he was on the pitch.

Now Fellaini.............there's a good player with potential!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Keating
787 Posted 18/06/2014 at 10:36:51
So much for Bill's 'mates' at Chelsea... Glad I don't have friends like that.

I did hear a rumour last week that Torres was on offer but, if he was going anywhere, I guess it would be back to Spain

Linda Morrison
809 Posted 18/06/2014 at 12:28:59
I'm with the general theme here, that he is not worth that much of a gamble for any club, let alone Everton.

We have to trust Roberto on this I expect to have 2 new strikers on our team come the start of the season.

I did like Tony's comment about Fellaini, though.

Derek Knox
810 Posted 18/06/2014 at 12:17:58
I wouldn't mind us having a punt at Michy Batshuiyi, we've been looking at him for a while apparently, he would be a lot less than Rom (pricewise), seems to have a better first touch than him. can score with both feet and head.

The other plus would be that other Prem teams would not really know much about him (secret weapon for a while) but I think he could adapt quite well.

Anyone else think this could be a realistic opportunity ?

Tom Bowers
812 Posted 18/06/2014 at 12:43:08
Yes, I am a fan of Lukaku but he has limitations and the fee is way too much. But some wealthy club will take him, for sure – probably one already in the Champions League.

If nobody comes up with the money then a loan deal seems the alternative but it’s dubious he will return to Goodison.

Craig Walker
818 Posted 18/06/2014 at 13:05:51
There are two types of substance in the world according to the Daily Express: those that cure cancer and those which cause cancer. They only have about 4 headlines two of which are 'UK to sizzle' or 'UK to freeze'.

I would be less embarrassed about buying the Daily Sport that the Express or Mail.

I do think Lukaku will be priced out of a move to Everton though.

Norman Turner
838 Posted 18/06/2014 at 16:12:30
Bony has said he would move to a top 6 club - sign him up!
Mike Keating
881 Posted 18/06/2014 at 21:45:13
Careful Derek @ 810 - we just got shut of our previous 'secret weapon'
James Stewart
925 Posted 19/06/2014 at 02:19:29
Costa and Lukaku aren't worth £32m combined — let alone each!!!
John Pickles
009 Posted 19/06/2014 at 16:54:21
Is it £32M to anyone are these just Bill's 'mates' rates?
Tony Doran
215 Posted 20/06/2014 at 16:28:29
I quote Junior Soprano when another mobster was after a big wedge. (I wanna fuck Angie Dickonson.) So Chelskie can float.
Sam Bull
279 Posted 21/06/2014 at 11:09:55
When the ball is played into him for link-up play, he's not the greatest.

I think he has improved, and let's not forget his age: when he is facing goal, with the ball or has been played through, he's a beast.

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