The Staggering Amount Chelsea Lost in Reunion With Romelu Lukaku

Published 08/13/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
COMO, ITALY – JULY 28: Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale looks on during the pre-season friendly match between FC Internazionale and FC Crotone at the club’s training ground Suning Training Center at Appiano Gentile on July 28, 2021 in Como, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)


Romelu Lukaku has solidified himself as one of the best strikers Europe over the last few seasons. Playing for some of the biggest names in Europe in Manchester United and Inter Milan to name a few, the Belgian has become a goal scoring machine in Europe.

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While he had one of his best seasons in Serie A last season, the 28-year-old is set to make his return to the Premier League. The Belgian has finally made his much awaited return to the Stamford Bridge as Chelsea have signed Lukaku for a club record €115 million.

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The European champions who had one of the busiest transfer windows last season, had been relatively quiet this transfer window. Lukaku’s signing certainly is a statement by ‘the Blues.’ Given how wasteful their attack looked at times, a poacher like Lukaku is perfect for the Londoners.

The costly return of Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is certainly a class addition to an already loaded Chelsea side. With the likes of Havertz and Werner, the Belgian might be the piece to Chelsea’s puzzling attack. But signing the 28-year-old certainly cost Chelsea a fortune.

But the Blues could have avoided the same. Lukaku, started off his career with the Londoners and was proving to be one of the most talented young strikers. Despite the Belgian clearly showing talent, Chelsea did not take a chance on the striker.

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The Blues immediately regretted the decision. While then striker Diego Costa flourished, Lukaku immediately showed how lethal he can be with an incredible spell with Everton. Losing out on a talent like Lukaku for €35 million is a massive loss, and then ultimately paying a hefty amount of €115 million, Chelsea effectively endured a €80 million loss.

This is surely not the first time that Chelsea regretted selling a player from their academy. Be it the departure of Kevin De Bruyne’s departure for a mere €18 million or Mohamed Salah’s €11 million transfer to Roma, the Blues have lost out on talented players.

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Despite their ever-increasing talent pool, Chelsea are opting to buy established stars over their younger talented players. While the likes of Billy Gilmour and Tammy Abraham last season, stripping them off of opportunities might be a mistake. Will Chelsea miss out on their talented academy players once again?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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