Reports on Sunday claimed that Chelsea were moving closer to a deal to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, breaking Arsenal hearts.
Of course, those hearts are only actually broken if Arsenal were in for the player or the fans thought paying £60m for him would have been worth it, which not all of them did.
Lukaku is allegedly being pursued as a replacement for Diego Costa.
The London Evening Standard reported that, despite Chelsea’s firm stance that Costa is not for sale, Antonio Conte would not confirm that he will still be a Chelsea player when the new season starts.
“I speak for today and today Costa is Chelsea’s player. Tomorrow if you ask me if Costa will remain with us, I don’t know,” Conte told the media.
“I can say that today Costa is a Chelsea player. He didn’t play in these games because of injury and if he solves the injury and I see in training he’s in good shape it can be possible to see him in the next game against AC Milan [on Wednesday].
“But I can tell you only this.”
Regardless of whether or not Chelsea re-sign Lukaku, I have serious doubts that Arsene Wenger is interested in the Belgian beyond anything more than a cursory glance.
Still young, with plenty of time to develop his undeniable raw talent, his price is surely too steep for the Arsenal boss for a player still with it all ahead of him.