No cut-price Chelsea buy-back option for Lukaku
Chelsea will be forced to pay for taking the advice of José Mourinho if they pursue their interest in re-signing Romelu Lukaku after it emerged their former manager advised against inserting a buy-back clause in the deal that took the striker to Everton.
Lukaku is high on a list of strikers Chelsea are looking at signing this summer, even though they only sold him to Everton for £28m two years ago.
Everton have now valued him at £65m in an attempt to fight off interest from Chelsea, Paris St-Germain, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
According to sources close to the deal in Belgium, Chelsea missed their chance to make sure they could re-sign Lukaku for a cut-price fee, regardless of opposition from Everton, thanks to Mourinho.
Chelsea had been open to the idea of accepting a lower fee for Lukaku from Everton and including a buy-back clause in the deal. But during discussions over how to structure the deal, Mourinho was unequivocal in his belief that Lukaku would not be at such a level to interest him in re-signing the Belgian in two or three years.
Planning at the time for the long-term with Mourinho, Chelsea felt it was pointless attempting to push for a buy-back option without the manager's full support so instead secured the largest up-front payment possible.
Chelsea did include clauses in the deal that took Lukaku to Everton that will mean they earn more if and when he leaves Goodison Park, but none of them will help a bid to take the 22-year-old back.
Eden Hazard hopes to return after six weeks out with a hip problem for Saturday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth.