Romelu Lukaku could become the world’s most expensive player

Everton’s valuation of Romelu Lukaku sits at £100million, the price of fifty Michus – are people still doing that annoying thing because the former Swansea City man had one good season? – and despite what would be a world-record fee, the Toffees don’t believe potential suitors would be put off paying that for the Belgium international.

Reports today are still linking Chelsea and Manchester United with a move for the former Anderlecht striker, despite the fact that Lukaku is in no way a forward of that elite level.

“If I’m signing a new deal, there’s maybe no money left for Romelu Lukaku. I’m joking.”

Eden Hazard

Four goals in one game against Bournemouth heightened the already inflated reputation of Lukaku, with four goals in the top flight of English football an impressive feat. However, the fact the Belgium international then failed to run away with the Premier League’s Golden Boot speaks volumes.

In Lukaku’s final nine league games of the season, a poor return of four goals – two against Leicester City and one against Burnley only fuelled the flat-track bully tag. A closing day goal against the 10-men of Arsenal added a bit more credibility to the 25 goals big Rom scored, however, when discussing the league’s – and Europe’s – top strikers, you’ll find Lukaku is barely mentioned.

At best, Lukaku is probably top of the pile of the group of strikers behind the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Paulo Dybala and Edinson Cavani. Therefore, if anything, the very fact Manchester United and Chelsea are linked with the 24-year-old, highlights how far the Red Devils have fallen, and showcases that, even though they’re the best side in England, the Premier League’s appeal really has died, with Chelsea forced to shop just outside that truly elite bracket of footballer.