The Telegraph claim that Chelsea are lining up a £100 million double swoop on Everton with not only Romelu Lukaku a target, but also midfielder Ross Barkley. Whilst Lukaku has told the club that he will not sign a new deal, Barkley has just over a year left on his existing contract and is yet to put pen to paper on a new agreement.
The duo have linked up well for the Toffees this season but their club will be hugely reluctant to allow them to leave, and the England international has previously been criticised for his inconsistency which could see him struggle under Antonio Conte if he fails to produce the goods.
It has been revealed that Chelsea had an offer of £56 million plus Jose Bosingwa rejected for French winger Franck Ribery according to club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who told Sport Bild, as translated by the Express and the Sun:
“The offer we had for Franck Ribery in 2008 was almost unbelievable. However, the decision not to sell Franck Ribery was a milestone in the development of FC Bayern. That was the moment in the FC Bayern got to be a ‘buying club’.”
The offer, reportedly in 2008, would have brought one of Europe’s most talented wingers to the club which could have given them an extra boost in their attempts to take on the Premier League and Europe.
In another expensive operation, the Mirror say that the Blues could face an expensive bill worth £200,000 per week to persuade goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to stay at Stamford Bridge and sign a new deal in the face of interest from Real Madrid as they look for a new first choice goalkeeper.
The Belgian has been in good form this season but has previously spoken of his desire to return to Spain, where he spent two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and is thought to be open to the idea of leaving this summer.
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