Manchester United may well have just set the transfer window on fire this morning as the club announced a fee has been agreed with Everton over a potential transfer for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian international has been at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war all summer after rejecting a new deal at Goodison Park and it now seems that Manchester United have won the race for his signature.
It represents a huge transfer coup for Jose Mourinho and Chief Executive Ed Woodward, who will be delighted at bringing in such a big player to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he left earlier this summer.
But what exactly does the transfer mean for Chelsea, who wanted to bring the burly striker back to the Bridge?
Well, first and foremost, it suggests that winning the Premier League still doesn’t guarantee the top players in the transfer market. Conte’s first season in London was a huge success and he did fantastically well to bring the title back to Stamford Bridge at the first attempt.
His side played superb football all season long and compared to Manchester United’s shoddy attempt at making progress in the league, the Blues did a much better job indeed.
But why can’t they attract Lukaku? Well, it might come down to his previous experience at Stamford Bridge but lets face it, rejoining up with Jose Mourinho is probably the last thing anyone expected this summer. The fact the Blues are, on this occasion, struggling to attract the best players to the Bridge, despite being the best in England, will be a huge concern to Antonio Conte moving forward.
He will want the best to join up with him next season and this is a massive deal to have lost out on, especially to an outfit that struggled so much during large spells last season.
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