The biggest issue with Costa’s potential exit is sourcing a direct replacement. Michy Batshuayi having not started a single Premier League match since his £30m+ summer move to Chelsea hints that he isn’t held in high enough regard to be considered ‘ready’ to step into the starting XI as the main man, so there’s every chance an established player will be sought out.
Lukaku makes sense in that respect, with the Belgian having proven time and time again that he’s a top-class Premier League striker, and although there are shortcomings in his game, his goal-getting record is phenomenal – he’s the joint top scorer in the division at the moment. There’s the obvious caveat that he would be returning to the club that cast him away so readily earlier in his career, but his agent, Mino Raiola, was heavily involved in Paul Pogba heading back to Manchester United despite the same happening four years ago for the Frenchman, while reports last year indicated that Lukaku believes he has ‘unfinished business’ at Stamford Bridge.
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