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Chelsea are going to win the title, so why would they want Lukaku?

Goal.com logo Goal.com 30-04-2017

Chelsea don't need to enter the transfer market with any sense of desperation to re-sign Romelu Lukaku in the summer after passing their biggest test left in their bid to regain the Premier League title with a 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Lukaku, who is valued at £100 million by Everton as he looks for a move away to a bigger club in the summer, has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but he failed his audition in front of Antonio Conte and Chelsea's money men.

The Belgian striker would be a good addition to the squad, but on the evidence of this performance, he is not worth re-signing for the money Everton will demand and the pressure which would accompany such a fee.

Paul Pogba has struggled to live up to his billing as football's most expensive player and Chelsea don't need to follow Manchester United or Real Madrid in signing marketable 'galacticos'.

Diego Costa failed to score on Merseyside, but his all-round play demonstrated why Conte should stick with the Spain international rather than look to Lukaku as a replacement.

When Lukaku misfires, he offers very little but, when Costa does, he contributes far more as demonstrated by his pass to Cesc Fabregas to set up Chelsea's third goal.

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Chelsea's match-going fans still chanted for Costa, despite his recent seven-game goal drought. It was the longest of his career, in which he produced some of his worst performances, but his actions earlier in the season must not be forgotten.

As for Lukaku, he remains the Premier League's top scorer and he is arguably a better finisher than Costa but Conte will be questioning whether the Everton striker can do it in the biggest games. He has scored only three of his goals versus the top six, while he has 17 against the bottom 10.

Enner Valencia outshone Lukaku in this game and his five shots did little to cause Chelsea concern.

It ultimately proved to be a comfortable victory for Chelsea once Pedro had provided a moment of brilliance to light up a dull game on 66 minutes. Gary Cahill added a second from a corner for his eighth goal of the season as Everton's shambolic defending was punished by the league leaders, who scored a late third through Willian.

Chelsea's players have delivered an incredible week for their fans with two league wins over Southampton and Everton after an FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham. They scored 10 goals and finally got their first clean sheet in their last 14 games.

The club's team spirit has been a huge factor in their return to greatness this season and any big-name signings in the summer will have to bed into a group that is already working well.

Chelsea's stars looked set for the scrapheap last season after they finished 10th under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink but the group have pulled together brilliantly under new leadership.

Conte has proven he is a genius and his players have demonstrated that they are anything but finished. Everyone at Chelsea - from the fans, to the manager, to the players - must now stick together for a bright future as they embark on European adventures next season.

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