It seems like Jose Mourinho’s sense of unfinished business with Romelu Lukaku just won’t let him rest. After sending the striker out on loan spells to West Bromwich Albion and Everton, he pretty much told Lukaku that he wouldn’t be the top striker at Stamford Bridge and basically chased him out of Chelsea. The Toffees did not look that gift horse in the mouth and promptly signed him for a club record fee, and he has mostly delivered on the promise he came with.
In the Special One’s disastrous season last year at Chelsea, he made a couple of efforts to bring back Lukaku and rectify his previous mistake, but Everton held firm. Now it appears that Mourinho is going to make another attempt to sign back the player he was so happy to let go of.
ClubCall is reporting that Manchester United had sent scouts to Everton’s Friday night game against Crystal Palace where the Belgian striker nabbed his fifth goal of the campaign with only seven games played in the season.
The news is puzzling because United seem stacked at the forward position right now, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney - remember, Lukaku also wanted to leave Chelsea because he didn’t want to play second fiddle to Diego Costa. So this makes no sense on both fronts.
However, Lukaku is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, who is on very good terms with Mourinho having sold him three players over the summer - Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
But Raiola was also recently quoted as saying that Lukaku was very happy at Everton and will stay at the club, with the Blues looking to get the striker signed to a new five-year contract at £100,000-a-week.
Sounds like transfer gossip to us, especially since it’s international break time.