The re-run of the John Stones transfer saga, starring Romelu Lukaku, continued this week with the expected plot point of Everton getting upset with Chelsea about media reports linking their player to Chelsea. It should be noted that unlike in the Diego Costa version, wherein Atletico's chairman had constantly talked about the Chelsea player, Antonio Conte has always been very clear to dismiss any Lukaku questions with something along the lines of "I don't talk about other teams' players".
Regardless, according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have "infuriated" Everton with our supposed pursuit of our former player, who has spent a good portion of the summer waffling between wanting to leave and wanting to stay on Merseyside. The departure of Roberto Martinez, judging by Lukaku's reaction to his former club boss's appointment by his national side, probably helped him decide to stay. Until these latest rumors, that is.
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Everton claim that they haven't held any talks with Chelsea, nor do they intend to. Meanwhile, in the same report, the Mail claim that Chelsea still "believe" that we could secure Lukaku's services for a fee of £65 million plus Loïc Rémy. Those two things cannot be true at the same time!
As shown in our run-in with Everton in last summer's transfer window, they are more than willing to hold onto their players even when they're clearly opposed to staying at the club. Now, with Everton's improved financial power and holding most of the leverage at the negotiation table, it seems that Lukaku won't be able to correct his mistake this season. Tough luck!