Redknapp: I've been told there's a strong chance this Everton player will leave
By Harvey Byrne
Experienced football manager Harry Redknapp has shared that he has been told there’s a “strong chance” that Everton star Romelu Lukaku will be going to Chelsea.
The 24-year-old Belgium international has struck a fine 25 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season and this has resulted in him being linked with a move away from the club.
One of the most heavily linked teams has been Lukaku’s former club Chelsea and it is believed it would take a sizeable amount of money to prise him away from Goodison Park.
But, Redknapp has explained that the powerful front man is not consistent enough to be considered among the best forwards in the world and has labelled any potential fee a “silly amount.”
“I’m told there’s a strong chance Lukaku will go back to Chelsea. The transfer fee will be huge and you might look at it and think he isn’t worth it but Paul Pogba’s £89million move to Manchester United from Juventus last summer changed the market completely,” wrote Redknapp in his column for the London Evening Standard.
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“Now clubs think they can charge even more for promising players. Lukaku’s goal return has been good but he blows hot and cold. On a good day, he is very difficult to play against but he has too many quiet performances for me to put him up there with the best centre-forwards in the world.
“He has that same physical presence as Costa and would be the most obvious fit if Conte is going to stick with playing one up front next season. But if Lukaku does sign, it will be another case of a player leaving for next to nothing only to be re-signed a few years later for a silly amount.
“Pogba is the obvious example of that. Michael Keane might be going back to United, too, for a big fee. Lukaku might end up costing Chelsea more than £100m across two transfers. It’s madness, really, but that’s the level we’ve got to now.”
Lukaku has often came in for criticism for his inconsistency since his club record £28million move to Everton from Chelsea back in the summer of 2014 following an impressive loan stint at the club.
However, this season he has topped the Premier League goal charts with 24 league goals from 36 matches with one game to go.
He will now be looking to end a four-game goalless run against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon as looks to beat Alexis Sanchez who trails by one goal to the golden boot.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees jetted out on a scouting mission to watch this 19-year-old goal machine this week.