Romelu Lukaku’s big change to help Chelsea avoid ‘disruptive’ Erling Haaland transfer problem – – Football.London

Chelsea’s move for Romelu Lukaku is beneficial in more ways than one.

As reported by earlier in the week, the striker – as per Premier League rules – will count as a homegrown player if he seals a sensational £110million return to Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes.

This is because Lukaku spent three seasons with the Blues prior to turning 21 years old ( has contacted the FA to confirm Brexit has not altered this).

If that wasn’t enough, then the 28-year-old’s ability to play with his back to goal makes him the dream No.9 signing for Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel.

But perhaps the biggest boost for Chelsea centres around Lukaku’s decision to change his representation.

In 2018, the Belgian signed up with rapper Jay-Z’s sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, thus becoming the first Premier League player to do so in the process.

As a result, he left super-agent Mino Raiola.

Without going into too much detail regarding the split, the latter did briefly touch on the situation in December 2019, in an interview with Rome based newspaper La Repubblica.

“Let’s just say that it was a mutual resolution,” Raiola said.

Mino Raiola looks on (Image: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Lukaku won’t have known it at the time, but in making this big change he has helped Chelsea avoid a ‘disruptive’ transfer problem.

The Blues had been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland for much of the summer and it just so happens that the Norway international is represented by Raiola.

And according to former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan, dealing with the super-agent would have been a lot more problematic.

“It becomes a slow death of 1,000 cuts having to listen to Mino Raiola popping up every five seconds being able to be as disruptive as he possibly can about where Pogba’s going to go and when he’s going to go,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

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“Look, the fact that he’s talking to PSG is no different from him trawling around with Erling Haaland seeing what, when, how, if or and but.

“There is an argument that it is in fact good form on his behalf of his client because that’s what he should be doing as an agent.

“Because of the character, because of the divisiveness of him and because he has been running that particular game for two or three years, the immediate reaction is ‘this guy needs to be marginalised’.”

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