Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp has told the London Evening Standard that he thinks Romelu Lukaku could end up back at Chelsea this summer in a 'huge' transfer.
Lukaku, 23, joined Chelsea from Anderlecht back in the summer of 2011, having emerged as one of Europe's top young players in his native Belgium, hitting 41 goals in 98 games.
The powerful striker struggled to make an impact with Chelsea, failing to score in 15 appearances for the club before being loaned out to Everton, following a spell with West Brom.
However, question marks surround Lukaku's future with Everton ahead of the summer transfer window, with many expecting him to leave Goodison Park in order to pursue Champions League football.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected
Former club Chelsea are one possible suitor should Diego Costa leave, and Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has had his say on the situation.
Redknapp, also a pundit, has told the London Evening Standard that he has been told that there is a 'strong chance' that Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge in a deal that would contain a 'huge' transfer fee.
Redknapp added that he still thinks Lukaku must find more consistency if he is to be a success at Chelsea, suggesting that he blows hot and cold – and Everton fans will be hoping that Redknapp is wrong about a potential move.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring
“Romelu Lukaku could win the Golden Boot this weekend but he would still have to show more consistency to be a success at Chelsea,” said Redknapp. “There’s a lot of speculation that Diego Costa will leave Stamford Bridge this summer having been offered crazy money to go to China and that will give Antonio Conte a massive hole to fill in his team.
“I’m told there’s a strong chance Lukaku will go back to Chelsea. The transfer fee will be huge and you might look at it and think he isn’t worth it but Paul Pogba’s £89million move to Manchester United from Juventus last summer changed the market completely. Now clubs think they can charge even more for promising players. Lukaku’s goal return has been good but he blows hot and cold. On a good day, he is very difficult to play against but he has too many quiet performances for me to put him up there with the best centre-forwards in the world. He has that same physical presence as Costa and would be the most obvious fit if Conte is going to stick with playing one up front next season,” he added.
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