Chelsea bought Romelu Lukaku as youngster from Anderlecht for about £18 million. The then teenager was tipped to be a great striker and was seen as the next Didier Drogba at the time, after storming the Belgian league with his goals as a 16-year-old.
He didn’t really make the cut at Chelsea and wasn’t necessarily given a chance under former manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea eventually sold Lukaku in 2014 to Everton for £28m and the striker hasn’t looked back ever since.
The Belgium international finished second in the Golden Boot race in the concluded season behind Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.
With Chelsea ready to spend £80m on a player they sold for £28m just three years ago, former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol, claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will be unhappy with such a loss and will be asking questions.
“If you’re Abramovich, you would be asking questions,” Nicol said on ESPN FC.
“You buy the guy, you loan him out two seasons on the trot and then you sell him for, what, £28m something like that?
“And then you buy him back for £80m?
“I think if I’m Abramovich I’m saying ‘hold on a minute what’s going on here?'”