Batshuayi not big enough to fill Lukaku’s boots at Everton

Chelsea are willing to offer Michy Batshuayi as well as £40m to Everton in an attempt to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to The Express.

What’s the story?

Lukaku is expected to be one of the main names dominating the transfer gossip pages this summer.

After word was out that he has opted against signing a new contract at Goodison Park, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

The Belgian’s former club Chelsea is believed to be interested in re-signing the striker, but it has been widely reported that Everton will not consider anything less than £70m.

The Express claims that the Blues are pondering offering £40m, which is £13m more than they received for Lukaku when they sold him to Everton in 2014.

As well as cash, the West London club are prepared to let Batshuayi go.

Should Everton consider it?

Considering that Lukaku still has two years left on his current contract, the Merseyside outfit should stand firm when it comes to negotiations.

In addition, it is evident how valuable the striker is to the club given that he has scored 21 Premier League goals and is currently leading the race for the Golden Boot.

If Chelsea are seriously considering putting the offer forward, it is a reasonable one considering that they spent £33m on signing Batshuayi from Marseille last summer.

However, even though the two strikers are the same age, Lukaku is on a different level to his fellow Belgian.

Batshuayi has struggled for first-team action under manager Antonio Conte this season, playing just 97 minutes of Premier League football  in 16 appearances off the substitutes’ bench.

Despite his brief cameos in the top flight, he has managed to score once, and he has netted four times in six outings in cup competitions.

The forward has plenty of promise, and he would have a point to prove if given a chance at Everton, but he is not quite the ready-replacement for Lukaku.