Chelsea has reportedly lodged a matching $97 million bid for Manchester United target Romelu Lukaku, the Everton forward pictured training with Paul Pogba in Los Angeles this week.
Even if Lukaku and super agent Mino Raiola are unswayed by the gesture, it seems Chelsea is prepared to play a spiteful game to make Jose Mourinho’s marquee summer move as difficult as possible.
Lukaku was said to be “on the verge” of signing for United on Thursday, though reports claimed Everton could hold out for $115 million.
If Chelsea’s matching bid is true, it could force United into a higher bid. The BBC does make the success of Chelsea’s bid seem unlikely, as the London club is “not willing to match the fees Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola will earn if the forward joins United.”
Raiola won’t play that, but remember that Lukaku spent plenty of time at Chelsea and had trouble making an impact with proposed new boss Mourinho.