After months of us fans hearing about Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton and going to Chelsea, it was unlikely that the Stamford Bridge side was going to stand by and watch Manchester United nip in right at the end and steal him.
That expectation seems to have been realized this evening as the Telegraph are now reporting that Chelsea have made a counteroffer for the Belgian’s services, with a twist that will hit Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola where it hurts him the most - his wallet.
Daily Mail are now reporting that Raiola’s fees are £12m, which Chelsea are refusing to pay.
Yesterday evening we heard that United were going to break the world record for a transfer fee with a £100 million bid for the striker. This sum was reported to include £75m for the player, with a further £15m in add-ons for Everton, and a £10m on top to take on Wayne Rooney.
The Chelsea bid however doesn’t take into consideration Raiola’s cut, and will be just a straight £75m for Everton for the player. There is no mention of any add-ons in the amount, so it’s unclear what the total payment will be to Everton.
The repercussions of not paying Raiola’s agent fees though sounds like Chelsea playing on the player’s emotions, who has often said he felt he had unfinished business at the London club and has been a fan of the team since his teenage years.
The Telegraph version of the story says that no medical has been completed in Los Angeles as yet, and Chelsea will wait for Lukaku to decide whether he wants to rejoin Chelsea or go play with his best pal Paul Pogba at United.
This is a developing situation and the intricacies of the bids are not clear right now, but we’ll keep our ear on the ground and keep you posted as we find out more.
In addition, where will this leave the Rooney to Everton transfer if indeed Chelsea manages to snatch Lukaku back?