Why Romelu Lukaku Is Not Worth The Hefty Price Tag He’s Been Quoted
The Premier League saw clubs spend millions on incoming transfers in the previous season and the indications are clear that they are ready to break the barrier yet again this summer. There are a number of stars in demand in the league and one such player who the top clubs in the country are after is Everton star Romelu Lukaku.
Standing as the second top goal scorer in the league with 24 goals, next to Harry Kane, Lukaku is one of the best finishers not just in England but also in Europe. He claims (Liverpool Echo) that he wants to move away from Everton in search of Champions League football, which is not on offer at the Goodison Park, and there are many clubs that are ready to make him a key player in their squad next season.
“You cannot only be remembered by scoring goals, you want to be remembered by winning trophies at the end of the day.
“So instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead. How this club has to grow, how this club has to improve, which player does it want to bring in so you can challenge for the big trophies.
“Sometimes I will speak to Vincent Kompany who was at City when it all happened. He said, ‘Rom, one summer I just came in and boom, boom, boom, boom… Robinho from there, that guy came in, this guy came in, this guy came in (clicking fingers) and then everyone was criticising them but at the end they won league titles, FA Cup here, League Cups there.
“That is what we want as players.
“I don’t know, I don’t know what the board’s plan is. I don’t really know.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are reportedly leading the race for his signature at the moment. The Red Devils have a shot at Champions League football if they can overcome Ajax in the Europa League final while Chelsea are a top seed in the competition.
Everton are ambitious and will surely look to fight for a place in the top-4 next season but both United and City are more likely to give Lukaku a regular chance in the top competition and a move looks inevitable. But what is shocking is that the ever rising valuation of the 24-year Belgian.
The Premier League rules see English players overpriced and that, in the current inflated market was the reason for the price tags of the likes of Raheem Sterling and John Stones. However, Lukaku, though a proven goal scorer, hardly justifies his insane price tag.
Several reports (Daily Mirror) suggest that Everton have slapped a price tag of £100m on the player and though it is reported that both English clubs are ready to meet his valuation, the figure is a bit ridiculous.
The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and others are regarded as the best talents in world football that are expected to break the £100m barrier in transfers this summer but Lukaku just does not belong there yet.
Scoring tons of goals in the top flight of English football is not an easy achievement but doing so in a team built around you is not very comforting. Lukaku is the star of the Everton team and has been so ever since he joined the club a couple of years ago. He has been fruitful in front of goal even in his previous seasons in the country but pushing him to lead a side in the Champions League straight away may have adverse effects.
He has not been tested at the highest level and spending £100m on a player who may or may not come good is not a sound financial option for any club.
Lukaku’s price tag is hardly justified and though some might want to shrug it off as the effect of inflation, it is important for the English clubs to understand what their money can fetch in the transfer market. A wise spender would rather find a more established star in the market.