Three reasons why Chelsea shouldn’t sign Romelu Lukaku
Kieran Beckles looks at three reasons why Chelsea shouldn't re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer
Not good business
In an era where the Chelsea hierarchy are supposedly embracing Financial Fair Play and its constraints, signing Romelu Lukaku doesn’t make sense. The Blues initially bought the Belgium striker in a £10m deal plus another £10m in add-ons from Anderlecht in 2011. However, Chelsea managed to make a £7m profit on the 23-year-old when Lukaku was sold to Everton in a club-record £27m deal in 2013 after 15 appearances in all competitions for the club. Now, the west London side are being linked with a £50m offer. Should such a transfer fee be realised, the Blues will equal their highest-ever transfer fee for a player who was on their books just three years ago. From a business point of view (and perhaps integrity, too), a move for Lukaku doesn’t make sense.
Questions over mentality
There is no doubt that Lukaku is a good Premier League striker. A return of 43 goals in 104 games in the Premier League attests to his quality in front of goal. Jose Mourinho was reportedly never convinced by Lukaku’s mentality and perhaps you can see why when you look at the big moments in the striker’s young career so far. Lukaku missed his spot-kick in a penalty shootout which sealed victory for Bayern Munich in the Super Cup in 2013 and led to his sale to Everton. This summer, Lukaku didn’t find his feet at Euro 2016 despite receiving unwavering support from Belgium manager Marc Wilmots. The Everton striker’s only goals came in a 3-1 rout of Republic of Ireland. Against Italy, Sweden, Hungary and Wales, Lukaku failed to find the net. Until such time Lukaku is consistently good, such questions will linger.
Conte already has options up front
Antonio Conte is thought to be on the lookout for another striker, with Lukaku and Alvaro Morata linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. But the new Chelsea manager already has a wealth of options at his disposal. Conte made Michy Batshuayi his first Chelsea signing earlier this month after the Blues completed a £30m deal for the 22-year-old. Diego Costa is still in the Blues squad and his pedigree is unquestioned after firing Atletico Madrid and then Chelsea to top-flight crowns in 2014 and 2015. Loic Remy is still on the fringes, too.