Romelu Lukaku came to Chelsea once. He signed as a kid, had a few successful loans, realised he wasn’t going to cut it at the Bridge, and moved away.
Then, two summers ago, with Diego Costa forcing an exit from Chelsea and Lukaku looking ready to leave Everton, it all looked as though it had lined up perfectly for his second chance to make his name in West London.
In the end, however, he chose Manchester United, and Chelsea went for Alvaro Morata instead. That hasn’t worked out well, and we now find ourselves – for what seems like the tenth year in a row – looking for a new number nine.
Lukaku’s United move hasn’t worked out for him, or for them. After a bright start, his goals have dried up, and recently he’s not been in the team at all at times.
It looks like they might be ready to cut their losses on him. Dare we try our luck a third time? The odds on a Chelsea move for the Belgian are tumbling… surely not?
Chelsea hold talks over possible move for £45million-rated Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj
Chelsea have held talks over a proposed move for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj.
The Albanian is valued at £45million but has failed to agree terms on a new contract and is keen to link up with former coach Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea could agree the deal in January but allow the 24-year-old to finish the season in Italy.
Lazio have an interest in Davide Zappacosta, who has been used sparingly in the Premier League by Sarri so far this season.
Hysaj is known for his pace and is also capable of making precisely-timed interceptions with regularity.
Sarri is fully aware of Hysaj’s quality having managed him at Napoli last season.
Now in his fourth season at Napoli, Hysaj has featured prominently this campaign, making 17 appearances across all competitions, and possesses experience of playing in the Champions League.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been the regular right-back for Chelsea in the Premier League so far this season, meaning Zappacosta, who joined from Torino in 2017, has seen his playing time restricted.
Zappacosta has been involved in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign but could be tempted by a return to Italy with Lazio, where he could play more regularly.