A contract extension was 99.9 per cent complete. At least, that was what we were hearing this time last week regarding Romelu Lukaku and Everton. But in a sudden twist of events, the Belgium international is now the shortest price he’s been to re-join Chelsea since news surrounding his future broke.
Our traders make it just 13/8 that he signs for the Premier League leaders, despite leaving Stamford Bridge in favour of a move to Goodison Park back in 2014 for a deal worth around £28m after a successful season-long loan.
And reports linking the 23-year-old with a return to west London have led plenty to believe that this could be Diego Costa’s last year with the Blues.
At 28, there’s an argument to suggest that the Spaniard is beginning to peak, but Antonio Conte could be about to cash in on interest from China in the forward.
As far as La Liga is concerned, there’s no interest from either Real Madrid or Barcelona – at least that’s what our traders reckon – although they’ve priced Atletico Madrid up as having a 10/1 chance of securing the Belgian’s services.
Of course, there’s every chance this could be a tactic both Lukaku and his agent are using in order to strike a better deal with Everton chiefs, although he’s treading on thin ice as far as supporters are concerned.
They’d much rather allow their star striker to leave, instead of keeping him at the club purely for financial reasons.
Either way, it looks as though we’re set for an exciting summer in terms of transfers – and a Lukaku deal might just be the biggest of them all.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing